Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Funding for up to $90,000 for up to 2 years of postgraduate studies in any field and at any university in the U.S.

The Soros Fellowship for New Americans honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the U.S. by granting funding for up to 2-years in any field at any degree-granting program in the U.S. Funding includes a stipend of up to $25,000 per year and a tuition stipend of up to $20,000, allowing students to receive up to $90,000 over 2 years.


  • Your birth parents must have both been born outside the U.S. as non-U.S. citizens AND both parents must not have been eligible for U.S. citizenship at the time of their births
  • One of the following must be true:
    • Be a U.S. citizen, but your birth parents were both abroad as non-U.S. citizens
    • Been born abroad:
      • Be a naturalized citizen
      • Adopted and awarded U.S. citizenship
      • In possession of a valid green card
      • Been granted asylum or refugee status in the U.S.
      • Been born abroad but graduated from both high school and college in the U.S. (current and past DACA recipients included)
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree by start of the scholarship and graduate school
    • Planning to enroll full-time in an eligible graduate degree program at a U.S. university and have not begun the 3rd year of the program you are seeking funding for by the deadline
    • Not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline


  • 30 per year

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated creativity, originality, and initiative in one or more aspects of the applicant’s life
  • Demonstrated commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • Gives promise of continued significant contributions
  • Graduate training is relevant to the applicant’s long-term career goals and is of potential value in enhancing their future creativity and accomplishment

Application Material:

  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • 3-5 letters of recommendation
  • New American Experience Essay
  • Career Goals Essay
  • Standardized test scores, if required for admission to your graduate program
  • Optional exhibits


External deadline: October 29, 2020


April: Application opens

October 29, 2020: National deadline

Early February: Interview

Mid-April: Notification of selection

Fall 2021: Fellowship begins

Length of Scholarship: Up to 2 years

Scholarship Website:

Contact Information:

Director: Ginger Smoak:

Advisor: Alison Shimko: