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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 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
  • Required submissions:
    • Resume
    • Two essays
    • Transcripts
    • Scores of standardized tests already taken
    • Recommendations (3 required, up to 5 accepted)
  • Optional exhibits

We have minimized documentary requirements that 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.

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.

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 especially interested in understanding and contextualizing your accomplishments, be they personal, professional, or academic.

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 schools 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.


Check out our recommendation guide here.

Learn more about the Optional Exhibits section of the application here.

Learn about the PD Soros essays here.