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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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    Dena Simmons Delivers TED Talk: How students of color confront impostor syndrome

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    US Senator Dianne Feinstein Features 2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow Denisse Rojas in Her San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed About Dreamers

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    How Nadine Duplessy Kearns Is Building A Haitian Women’s Community In DC and Beyond

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    President Obama Appoints Dave Chokshi (2005 Fellow) To The Prevention Advisory Group

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    The Most American Americans

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The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.

Akbar Hossain (2016 Fellow) wrote an op-ed about his experience as a Muslim immigrant in Philadelphia. He writes, "For the last several years, I have been working to revitalize my community, develop opportunities for disadvantaged adults, and support initiatives that provide better access to higher education for our youth. I don't plan to stop now."

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Weekly Takeover

Every week, a different Fellow manages the Fellowship's Instagram account (@PDSoros). They use photos to tell followers about their life, their New American story, and what they are doing professionally or academically. Their photos honor their experiences as New Americans and are a great window into the lives of Fellows. Whether you're on Instagram or not, you can follow along and look at past photos by visiting

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Denisse Rojas (2016 Fellow) was one of the first undocumented students to matriculate at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.

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The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields and to partake of the American dream. The program was established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States afforded the founders of the Fellowship, Paul & Daisy Soros.