National deadline: November 1, 2015 11:59 PM EST

Eligibility requirements:

  • New American (green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country)
  • Not yet 31 years old, as of the application deadline.
  • College senior or Bachelor's degree recipient 
  • If enrolled in graduate program - not beyond second year in degree program for which you request support.

Award summary and conditions:

Thirty Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded in 2016 on the basis of a single national competition. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition fees or 50% of required tuition fees/year.

The program uses three primary criteria for selection of fellows and expects that successful candidates will give strong evidence of at least the first two of the following:

  • The candidate has demonstrated creativity, originality, and initiative, in one or two aspects of her/his life.  
  • The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort.
  • The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to the values expressed in the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. This would include, but not be limited to, support of human rights and the rule of law, opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.

Application process: online submission through Embark:

Application requirements:

  • Personal and contact Information
  • Eligibility confirmation
  • Higher education history
  • The graduate program[s] for which the applicant seeks support
  • Additional required submissions:
    • Essays
    • Recommendations
    • Curriculum Vitae 
    • Transcripts
    • Scores of standardized tests already taken

In addition, you are invited - but not required - to submit

  • Exhibits which might include:
    • Copies of newspaper or magazine articles about you and/or your accomplishments,
    • Excerpts from a portfolio
    • Letters of commendation
    • Programs for events you have organized or in which you have participated
    • Title and author pages of publications you have authored
    • Additional letter of recommendation.
    • Information on how you learned about this program.

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

National committee interview: Yes

Selection process: The top 77 applicants will be designated "finalists" and will be asked to appear for interviews in New York City or Los Angeles in late January or early February of 2016. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for by the Soros Fellowship.

Announcement date: 30 recipients will be announced in March 2016