Recognizing the contributions of new Americans, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship Program assists first- and second-generation Americans who pursue graduate degrees in any professional field or academic discipline with the ultimate goal of helping them become leaders in their chosen fields.


  • An applicant must be a resident alien (i.e., hold a Green Card), a naturalized U.S. citizen, or the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.
  • While candidates are expected to retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin, they should regard the United States as their principal residence and focus of national identity.
  • Applicants must either have a bachelor's degree or be in their final year of undergraduate study. Students in their first or second year of graduate study are eligible.
  • Applicants may intend to pursue graduate degrees in any professional field (e.g., engineering, medicine, law, social work) or scholarly discipline in the arts (including the fine and performing arts), humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Graduate study must be at an accredited graduate program in the U.S.
  • Applicants must not be older than 30 years of age as of November 1, 2017.

How to apply

  • The application is available online.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form, two essays on specified topics, a resumé, three recommendation letters (one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work and the other from someone familiar with the applicant's performance in a work setting, whether paid or volunteer), an Institutional Status Form, transcripts, documentation that the applicant is a new American, and appropriate graduate aptitude test scores (e.g., GMAT, MCAT, GRE, LSAT).
  • Applicants do not need to be nominated by Ball State; however, they are strongly advised to work with Barb Stedman, director of national and international scholarships, in preparing their application materials. At least six weeks before the deadline--preferably earlier--students should call 765-285-1024 to schedule an appointment or e-mail with questions.
  • 77 finalists are invited to January interviews in New York or Los Angeles.

Application guidance for Ball State students 

  • Click here for an application packet prepared specifically for Ball State students applying for the Soros Fellowship. It contains tips on creating the best application possible, a timeline and checklist, advice on getting strong letters of recommendation, and links to sample essays.
  • You will need your Ball State username and password to gain access. 


  • Applications must be submitted via the online applications system or postmarked by November 1, 2017.
  • Scores from any needed graduate aptitude tests must be taken and submitted by the second week of December 2017.

Duration and amount

  • Soros Fellowships fund up to two years of graduate study.
  • Each year the fellow receives a maintenance grant of $25,000 (paid in two installments) and one-half the tuition cost of the graduate program.