Eligibility and Qualifications
- Applicant has been naturalized as a US citizen either as an adult or as a minor child under the application of a parent.
- Applicant has a valid green card.
- Applicant is a US citizen by birth, but neither birth parent was a US citizen or eligible for US citizenship at the time of his or her birth, and at least one of them subsequently became a naturalized US citizen.
- Applicant was born outside of the United States or one of its territories and was subsequently adopted by American parents and awarded US citizenship as a result of the adoption. As best can be known neither birth parent was a US citizen.
- Applicant has been - or by the application deadline will have been - granted deferred action under the government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Other applicants may be considered, most commonly refugees or asylees. Those who think they may be otherwise eligible are encouraged to consult with Soros Foundation representatives.
Applicants must be in their senior year in college, or have a bachelor’s degree, or be enrolled in a graduate program. Individuals who are in their third or subsequent year of study in the same graduate program are not eligible. Students who have received a master’s degree in a program and are continuing for a doctoral degree in the same program are considered to have been in the same program from the time they began their work on their master’s degree. Applicants must not have reached or passed ttheir 31st birthday as of November 1.
The program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as to the U.S., but it is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the U.S. as their principal residence and focus of national identity.
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
The application includes:
- Application form
- Personal essays
- Two letters of recommendation
- Results for required aptitude test result
Applications are entirely electronic and are due November 1, 2014.
Screening takes place during the first week of December. There is no internal Penn process for the Soros, but potential applicants are encouraged to let CURF know when applying and seek help during the application process.