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Soros Fellowship for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

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Paul and Daisy Soros, philanthropists who came from Hungary to the United States to pursue their dreams, established this fellowship program for "new" Americans or the children of new Americans. The program's goal is to provide opportunities for these Americans to pursue their goals and achieve positions of leadership in their chosen fields. Thirty fellowships, providing funding for up to two years of graduate study, are awarded each year.

Award Details

Fellows receive a maintenance grant of $25,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the Fellow's graduate program (up to a maximum of $20,000 per academic year). Fellows may study at any accredited graduate program, in any professional field or scholarly discipline, in the U.S.


Applicant must...
  • be a new American (either a resident alien holding a Green Card, or a naturalized U.S. citizen). A child of two new Americans may also apply (at least one of these parents needs to be a naturalized U.S. citizen).
  • have a bachelor's degree already OR be in the final year of undergraduate studies
  • be applying independently to graduate programs, or already be enrolled in a graduate program. If the latter, applicant can be no more than two years into the graduate program.
  • be no older than thirty at the time of application
Additional Notes

Preference is given to applicants who have not yet begun their graduate studies. Applicants in their first or second year of a graduate program may also apply, however.

"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."


External deadline: November 8, 2013

Campus deadline:

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