Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Appication Deadline: November 1, 2018

Open to:  Seniors, recent graduates, and first-year graduate students
Award Type: Academic
Area(s) of study: All fields
Award criteria: Academic achievement; service; leadership; diversity
Award provides: Supports up to two years of graduate study, up to $90,000
Open to international students: No

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must not have reached or passed their 31st birthday as of the application deadline
  • Not be beyond the second year of graduate study in the degree program for which support is being requested
  • Be a naturalized US citizen or a child of naturalized citizens; be a green card holder; be an adoptee born outside the US; be a US citizen born to parents who were not US citizens at the time of your birth; or be a DACA deferred action grantee

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship supports New Americans in the pursuit of graduate education. Applicants must have demonstrated creativity, originality, and initiative, along with a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort in one or more aspects of the applicant’s life. The Soros Foundation looks for promise of continued significant contributions that will mark the applicant as a leading and influential figure within the applicant’s fields of endeavor. Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment (broadly defined) to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Application Components:

  • Application form
  • Essay on proposed program of study and career goals
  • Essay on experiences and accomplishments as a New American
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Scores of standardized tests already taken (e.g. MCAT, GRE) if required for graduate program admission

This award does not require Emory endorsement. If you are interested in applying, download the Application Guide.

NS&FP recommends starting the application process in August. NS&FP advisors are available to advise and provide feedback for Soros applicants. Make an appointment with a NS&FP advisor. We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application.

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