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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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    Q&A: MFA Graduate Estefania Puerta Looks Back At The Fellowship

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    Samir Mayekar: Chicago's Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Economic Development

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    The Summer Awaits: How Recent Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows Are Spending Their Summers

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    Meet the 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows

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    2020 Fellowship Application

    The application for the 2020 Fellowship is now open and will close on November 1, 2019. If you're applying to graduate school in the fall of 2019 or are early in your graduate school career, consider applying.

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    Honoring New American Excellence

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    1999 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow Nadine Burke-Harris Appointed As First-Ever California Surgeon General

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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.

More inclusive requirements

We've made two important changes to our eligibility requirements for refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants who graduated from both high school and college in the United States, regardless of their status.

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Applicant Webinars

Our staff will walk you through the basics of the Fellowship program, who is eligible, our selection criteria, and how to apply. This is a great way to learn about the program as your prepare your application.

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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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Apply now

If you'll be applying to graduate school in the fall of 2019, or if you're early on in your graduate school program, consider applying for the 2020 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship. You can learn more about our eligibility requirements and the selection process here.


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.

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