The Soros Fellowship for New Americans
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New
Americans aim to provide the opportunity for able and accomplished New
Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen field. Paul and Daisy Soros,
Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established the program in
1997. The couple granted the program a trust fund of fifty million dollars in
order to give back to the community that had given them, as well as their
children, great opportunities in America. They also wanted to meet the needs of
young New Americans at critical points in their education as well as provide
insight to the contributions of New Americans in diversity and quality of life.
In 2010, the Soros family contributed another $25 million to the fund.
The Soros Fellowship supports the education of 30 New Americans at the
graduate level each year. The award covers tuition and living expenses up to
$90,000 over two academic years at any university in the United States. Fellows
are selected on basis of merit, specifically creativity, originality,
initiative, and sustained accomplishment regardless of financial need or
Who should apply
pursuing a graduate degree are encouraged to apply. New Americans are permanent
residents born abroad, naturalized citizens, or the children of naturalized
citizen parents. Prospective fellows can pursue a degree in any field they
choose. Those interested in applying can find more
information and the application online.