The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The fellowships provide grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States.

A "New American" is an individual who is a resident alien (i.e., holds a green card); has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen; or is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. To be eligible for the program, the applicant must either have a bachelor's degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study. Those who have a bachelor's degree may already be pursuing graduate study and may receive fellowship support to continue that study.

Individuals who are in the third, or subsequent, year of study in the same graduate program are not eligible for the competition. 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. Applicant must not be older than 30 years of age as of November 1 (any given year).

Thirty fellowships are awarded annually. For each year of the program, the fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the fellow (up to a maximum of $16,000 per academic year).

A fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (e.g., engineering, medicine, law, social work) or scholarly discipline in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The fine and performing arts are included.


Deadlines for applications are November 1st of the given year. More details here.


Visit the Soros Fellowships for New Americans website for complete application guidelines and selection criteria.

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