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Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship
for New Americans

university fellowships committee

The 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. The program was established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors, Paul and Daisy Soros, and their family. The Soros Fellowships provide half tuition and a generous stipend to support two years of graduate study at any U.S. university, in any academic field. There are 30 Soros Fellowships awarded each year.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • qualify as "New Americans," that is, they must be "Green Card" holders, or be naturalized citizens, or be the son or daughter of parents who are both naturalized citizens;
  • be between the ages of 18 and 30;
  • be a college senior, or a holder of a Bachelor's degree, or currently enrolled in a graduate program.
  • take the required graduate aptitude test appropriate for their proposed graduate study (e.g., GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, GRE) so that test scores will be available by the first week of December.

Interested applicants should contact the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the Soros. The Soros is a highly-competitive scholarship, and work on the application should begin during the Spring semester of the Junior year.

The completed application consists of:

  • a résumé;
  • a college transcript;
  • evidence of "New American" status;
  • two letters of recommendation, including one from a faculty member; a 1,500-word statement of educational goals;
  • a 1,500-word personal statement.

Applications must be submitted for review by the Campus Coordinator and the Boston College Soros Advisory Committee no later than November 1.

To get additional information about the Soros Fellowships and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship web site.