P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Online Application


All application materials must be submitted online through the online application. Any hard copies of materials received will not be included in the application or returned to the sender. The 2024-2025 application cycle is now closed.  Applicants can access the portal here.

The application includes the following sections:

  • A confirmation of your eligibility
  • Your personal and contact information
  • Your higher-education history
  • The graduate program[s] for which you seek support
  • Recommendations (3 required, up to 5 accepted)
  • Required submissions: Resume, two essays, transcripts (college, graduate), scores of standardized tests (if they are or were required for admission to your graduate program)
  • Optional exhibits



We have minimized the official documents required to confirm eligibility, educational, and test results. If you are asked to be a finalist, however, we will specify the official documents that we will need from you before we can invite you to the finalist interviews.

Returning Applicants:

If you have applied to, or been familiar with previous Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship competitions, please note that:

  • You will not be able to resubmit your previous application.
  • You will be required to upload your resume essays, transcripts, standardized test scores and optional test scores through the application system.
  • Recommendations must be submitted online, through the application system. We will not be able to re-use past recommendations. 

Essay Questions

Essay One - maximum length 1000 words

Tell us about your experiences as a New American. Whether as an immigrant yourself, or as a child of immigrants, how have your experiences as a New American informed and shaped who you are and your accomplishments?

Feel free to discuss how individual people (such as family or teachers), institutions, aspects of law, culture, society or American governance made an impact on your life as an immigrant or child of immigrants. The program is interested in understanding the context of your personal, professional, and academic accomplishments.

Essay Two – maximum length 1000 words

Tell us about your current and near-term career-related activities and goals, as well as why you decided to pursue the specific graduate program(s) and school(s) that you have. How do you see your current work and study informing your early career goals? If you have not been accepted into a program yet, please tell us about why you selected the programs to which you are applying.

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