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Soros Fellowship for New Americans

November 1, 2016
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
United States
2 or More Years


Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished new Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields.  Up to thirty fellowships are awarded each year.  Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in the U.S., in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program.

Each fellowship provides up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study and up to $25,000 in annual maintenance allowances. 

Candidates must be new Americans, i.e. permanent residents or naturalized citizens of the U.S. if born abroad or children of naturalized citizens if born in the U.S.  Candidates must be under 31 years of age at the time of application and current college seniors or recent graduates.  Students already enrolled in a graduate program are eligible provided they are not beyond their second year of study.

The program uses three primary selection criteria to evaluate candidates:

  • demonstrated creativity, originality, and initiative in one or more aspects of their lives;
  • demonstrated commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort; and
  • demonstrated commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Candidates must excel in at least the first two of these categories.  In addition, the program also considers candidates’ promise for continued significant contributions to society and the relevance of their proposed graduate training to their long-term career goals.

Meet Columbia’s most recent Soros Fellow:  Nishant Batsha ’10CC (History)