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 two parents who are both naturalized citizens
  • Bachelors degree or in the final year of undergraduate study.  Those who have a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing graduate study may receive fellowship support to continue that study.
  • 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 the United States, but it is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States as their principle 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, demonstrated 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.  Each fellow receives a maintenance grant of up to $25,000 and a tuition grant of one-half of the tuition cost at a U.S. graduate program (up to a maximum of $20,000 per academic year).  A fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (engineering, medicine, law, social work, etc.) or scholarly discipline in the arts (including the fine and performing arts), humanities, social sciences, and sciences.  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 fellow-ship without the permission of the director.

Application Instructions

All application instructions and materials are available at the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation Web site. Potential UM applicants are encouraged to notify the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no less than one month before the national deadline so that an advisor can provide application guidance and feedback.

Deadline Dates

Late Spring 2014 The 2014 application is available online.

Early November 2014 Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation.

February 2015 Announcements for the class of 2014 are made.