Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Deadline: TBA in 2022

Past UCB recipients!

The Soros Fellowships support new Americans in their graduate study in any subject, anywhere in the United States. Applicants should be leaders who can give evidence of creativity, accomplishment, and commitment to the U.S. Constitution, and for whom graduate education is relevant to their long-term career goals. The merit-based Fellowship provides $25,000 maintenance and up to $20,000 for tuition per annum wherever the Fellow attends, up to $90,000.

Eligibility Requirements

  • New American Status - Whether you were born in the United States or abroad, your birth parents must have both been born outside of the US as non-US citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for U.S. citizenship at the time of their respective births. If you were born in the U.S., then you must be the child of two immigrants. If you were born abroad, then you must be a naturalized U.S. citizen, possess a valid green card, have been granted refugee or asylee status in the U.S., or have graduated from both high school and college in the United States (this final category is inclusive of DACA recipients and applicants who will graduate from college by the Fall of 2022 are eligible).
  • Academic Standing - You should be planning to be enrolled full time in an eligible, accredited, professional or graduate degree program at a U.S. university for the fall 2022–2023 academic year. In addition, you must not have begun the third year of the program you are seeking funding for as of the October 28, 2021 deadline. Applicants who have a previous graduate degree or who are in a joint-degree program are eligible. Ineligible programs: Online programs, executive graduate programs, part-time programs, joint bachelors/master's programs where the bachelor’s is not received by the spring of 2022, certificate programs, post-baccalaureate programs, graduate programs that are not in the United States, and graduate programs that are not fully accredited.

  • Age - You must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline. There is no minimum age requirement

Selection Criteria

  • The candidate has demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life.
  • The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort.
  • The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This would include, but not be limited to, support of human rights and the rule of law, opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.

In addition, the program considers two further criteria:

  • The candidate gives promise of continued significant contributions. Those contributions are likely to reflect distinctive creativity, originality and initiative and will mark the candidate as a leading and influential figure within her/his fields of endeavor.
  • The candidate's graduate training is relevant to her/his long-term career goals and is of potential value in enhancing her/his future creativity and accomplishment.

Application Requirements

  • 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 

Candidates from UC Berkeley should make an individual advising appointment with Keila Diehl, Prestigious Scholarship Coordinator.

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