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Soros Fellowship for New Americans


While there is no internal Earlham process for the Soros Fellowship, you are encouraged to contact the Soros Fellowship's Earlham liaison for assistance with the application and application essays.

Earlham Liaison: Max Crumley-Effinger

Who May Apply

A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card or, (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. A Green Card holder must have had more than one year of IRS filings. Applicants must either have a bachelor's degree or be in the final year of undergraduate study. Those with a bachelor's degree who already are pursuing graduate study are eligible to apply.

Application Pool Description

From the national pool, 84 candidates are selected for interviews. From them 30 fellows are chosen.

Eligibility Limitations

Applicants may not be more than 30 years of age as of November 30.

Award Description and Duration

Each year a Soros Fellow receives (1) a maintenance grant of $20,000 paid in two installments and (2) a tuition grant of one-half the cost of tuition (up to a maximum of $16,000) at the accredited U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow paid directly to the institution. The fellowship lasts up to two years. Fees are not included in calculating tuition.

Application Requirements and Deadline

Applicants should submit the following items by November 1:

  • An application form;
  • Two essays on specified topics;
  • A one- to two-page resume;
  • Two faculty recommendation letters, of which one is from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's current or most recent academic work and the other, from someone familiar with her/his performance in a work-setting, whether paid or volunteer;
  • An Institutional Status Form from the institution attended, indicating when/whether the present degree program will be completed (this may be completed by a registrar, a dean or director of the program, or other authority); candidates with a bachelor's degree who have not yet enrolled in a graduate program need not provide this form;
  • A transcript from the applicant's undergraduate institution, and if her/his graduate training is already in progress, from the graduate institution as well; candidates may submit a photocopy of the transcript;
  • Documentary evidence that the applicant meets, as of November 30, Soros' definition of a New American;
  • Scores from any graduate aptitude test (e.g., GMAT, MCAT, GRE, LSAT) required by programs to which the applicant has applied by the first week of December; candidates may submit a photocopied score reports; and
  • A self-addressed postcard for notification of the receipt of the application.


Interviews are held the last week of January and the first week of February. Announcements are made in early March.

Have a Question Regarding this Fellowship?

Safia Diarra
International Student Adviser
(765) 983-1889

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