The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Apply through Independent Application Process

Internal Deadline: none - see website for annual deadline, usually early November

» Scholarship's official website


This fellowship provides 30 awards of up to $90,000 for up to two years of graduate study in any subject at any accredited university in the United States.  Applicants must be immigrants or children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate education in the U.S.


Candidates must be:

  • A New American (a naturalized citizen, green card holder or DACA recipient if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country).
  • Not yet 31 years old, as of the application deadline.
  • A college senior or holder of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Not beyond your second year – if already enrolled – in the graduate degree program for which you request support.

Selection Criteria

The program uses three primary criteria for selection of Fellows and expects that successful candidates will give strong evidence of at least the first two of the following:

  1. The candidate has demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life.
  2. The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Procedure

Applications are submitted online  and consist of the following components: 

  1. A confirmation of your eligibility
  2. Your personal and contact information
  3. Your higher-education history
  4. The graduate program[s] for which you seek support
  5. Required submissions:
    1. Resume
    2. Two essays
    3. Transcripts
    4. Scores of standardized tests already taken
    5. Recommendations (3 required, up to 5 accepted)
  6. Optional exhibits