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Paul and Daisy Fellowship for New Americans

Fellowships for New Americans

Deadline: November 1

Each year, the Paul & Daisy Soros Foundation awards 30 new Fellowships for New Americans . Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States . The recipients are chosen on a national competitive basis.

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 United States , but is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States 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.

A Fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (e.g., engineering, medicine, law, social work, etc.) or scholarly discipline in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. The Fine and Performing Arts are included. The Trustees strongly encourage applications from candidates who have not yet begun their graduate studies, but full consideration will be given to candidates in the first or second years of graduate studies in their current program.

Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow. The Fellowship Program pays the tuition grant directly to the institution. The size of the tuition grant depends on the cost of tuition at the institution the Fellow attends. Fees are not included in calculating tuition. If the program pursued is less than two years (e.g., Public Administration), the Fellow receives the amount to cover the period required for the degree. It is expected that the Fellow will complete the cost of tuition from such other sources as summer employment, public and private grant and loan programs for advanced education, or matching funds from the graduate institution the Fellow attends.

The Fellow will be asked to inform the Program of other awards that she/he has been offered and may be asked to accept a total award package that does not exceed full tuition and required fees, plus $20,000 for maintenance from The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. A Fellow may not work during the period of the Fellowship without the permission of the Director.


Fellows Program
400 West 59 th Street
New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-547-6929
Fax: 212-548-4623
Email: pdsoros_fellows@sorosny.org
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