The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships provide between $20,000 to $25,000 for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. A New American is defined as a permanent resident, or naturalized US citizens if born abroad (children naturalized US citizens).

To be eligible for the fellowship, you must meet all of the three following sets of conditions

1. Status as a New American

If you were born outside the United States (as a non citizen), you must, as of the annual deadline, be either a naturalized citizen or in possession of a green card (i.e., be a resident alien).

Note:  if you are a foreign student studying in the United States on a student visa, you ARE NOT eligible for this program unless you have a green card in hand on the annual deadline.

If you were born inside the United States, your parents must have been born outside the United States and at least one of them must be a naturalized citizens of this country.

2. Age

You must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the annual deadline.

3.  Academic Standing

You must be a college senior in good standing or hold a bachelor’s degree.

If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program in the United States, you must be in your first or second year in that program.

  • If you continued in the same institution and department through a master’s  degree to candidacy for a PhD.,  the two year clock began when you started work on the master’s degree, unless you were awarded your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree concurrently.
  • If you are in a joint degree program, you must be scheduled to start in the upcoming year — or be in the first or second year of — the degree program that you would be pursuing under the fellowship in the next academic year.
  • Even if you have already been awarded – or will receive in the first half of the upcoming year — a graduate degree, you are eligible to apply for support to cover study in a subsequent graduate degree program in the United States.

If you are a college senior, or will not be enrolled in a graduate program as of the application deadline, you will be expected to have

  • decided on a field of study to begin in the Spring or Fall of next year and
  • identified graduate programs in the United States to which you plan to apply.