Fellowships & Grants

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans


The Paul & 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 is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the U.S. has afforded the donors and their family.


Thirty Fellowships will be awarded each year for any academic discipline or professional field. Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and half-tuition (up to $15,000 per academic year).

Eligibility Requirements for Students

  • 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.
  • 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 is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the U.S. as their principal residence and focus of national identity.
  • 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, however, eligible for this 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.
  • No more than two years in a graduate program at the time of application.
  • Applicant must not be 30 years of age or older at the time of application.

Selection Procedures

Candidates must demonstrate the relevance of graduate education to their long-term career goals and potential in enhancing their contributions to society. A successful candidate gives evidence of at least two of the following three attributes or criteria for selection:

  • Creativity, Originality, and Initiative, demonstrated in any area of her/his life;
  • A commitment to and capacity for accomplishment, demonstrated through activity that has required drive and sustained effort;
  • A commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. (includes activity in support of human rights and the rule of law, in opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and in advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.


Applicants are responsible for submitting the following (please visit the website for more detailed information):

  • Completed application materials, application materials may be downloaded and submitted online
  • A Two essays on specified topics
  • A 1-2 page resume
  • Three recommendation letters, of which one is from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's current or most recent academic work and one is from someone who is familiar with her/his performance in a work-setting, whether paid or volunteer. The third can be from either category
  • An institutional status form from the institution attend indicating when and 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)
  • An unofficial or photocopied transcript from the applicant's undergraduate and graduate institutions; # Documentary evidence that the applicant meets, as of 1 November 2009, the definition of New American as detail as in the answer to the second question
  • Scores from any graduate aptitude test (e.g., GMAT, MCAT, GRE, LSAT) required by programs to which the applicant has applied.


The application and all supporting materials must be submitted to the Soros program at the address noted below no later than 1 November 2010. It is preferred that applicants submit applications online via the Soros Foundation Application System, and it can also be mailed to the Foundation. Forms submitted after this date will not be considered. Winners will be announced in February 2011.

Supporting materials (and an application if it is not submitted online) must be mailed to:
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
400 West 59th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212)547-6926
Fax: 212-548-4623
E-mail: pdsoros_fellows@sorosny.org

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