The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished new Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program as a way to “give back” to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities. They also felt that assisting young new Americans at a critical point in their education was an unmet need. They wished to signal to all Americans that the contributions of new Americans to the quality of life in this country have been manifold.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a new American, defined as an individual who (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen; or (3) is the child of parents born outside the United States, at least one of whom is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Other eligible circumstances; see website for details.

  • Bachelor’s degree or in the final year of undergraduate study or enrolled in the first or second year of a graduate degree program.

  • Not older than 31 years of age, as of the application deadline.

  • The program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as to the United States, but it is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States as their principal residence and focus of national identity.

General Information

Candidates must demonstrate the relevance of graduate education to their long-term career goals and potential in enhancing their contributions to society. The academic record is relevant as evidence of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete a graduate program and match the program’s specific criteria for selection. But fellowships are not awarded solely on the basis of academic record.

A successful candidate will give evidence of at least two of the following three criteria for selection: (1) creativity, originality, and initiative, demon-strated in any area; (2) capacity for accomplishment, demonstrated through activity that has required drive and sustained effort; and (3) commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The third criterion 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.

Thirty fellowships are awarded each year. Fellowships support up to two years of graduate study in the United States—in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 (or 50%) of tuition and fees for each year of graduate study supported. The fellowship program pays the tuition grant, not including fees, directly to the institution. The fellow will be asked to inform the program of other awards that he or she has been offered and may be asked to accept a total combined award package that does not exceed full tuition and required fees, plus $35,000 for maintenance. A fellow may not work during the period of the fellowship without the permission of the director.

Application Instructions

All application instructions and materials are available at the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation Web site.

**Applicants apply directly to the Soros Foundation. The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the application deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.** All applicants should notify the PAF Office of their intent to apply by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Application Timeline

Late Spring 2015 
The application is available online.

November 1, 2016 
Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation.

Late January 2017 
Finalist interviews.

March 2017 
Class of 2016 is announced.