The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program uses three primary criteria for selection of Fellows:
In addition, the program considers two further criteria:
The program seeks to create "a level playing field" for the consideration of applicants from different backgrounds, in different fields, at different stages in their educational development, and of different ages. Because New Americans and their families have had very different immigration experiences, we take those differences into account in assessing applicants' success in meeting the selection criteria.
We always look at applicants holistically and have never had a preferred GPA or test score range. That’s because we know, with or without a pandemic, that our applicants may be facing, or have faced, major challenges or structural inequities that prevent them from getting the grades and scores they want. We’re interested in applicants who do the most with what they have, challenge themselves, and work hard to overcome obstacles.
Given the global COVID-19 crisis, we will be particularly sensitive and holistic in our approach to reviewing applicants’ academic work, test scores, and GPAs this year. We realize that many college and graduate school students are dealing with major disruptions in their personal and academic lives, some university classes will be pass/fail, and major test dates have been changed. We want applicants to know that we are rooting for you and will be extremely flexible in our approach to reviewing your work.