Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Full eligibility requirements can be found here.
The application for the 2017 Fellowships are now closed. The application for the 2018 Fellowships will be open in mid-April of 2017 and due on November 1, 2017.
Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $40,000), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
Most importantly, new Fellows join a strong community of current and past Fellows who all share the New American experience. There is an alumni association, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows Association (PDSFA), which actively engages current and past Fellows in events held across the country. For example, in 2015 the PDSFA held events with US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (1998 Fellow) in both New York City and Washington, DC.
The competition is merit-based. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. The program values a commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The program does not have any quotas for types of degrees, universities or programs, countries of origin, or gender, etc. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply in subsequent years if they are still eligible.
The application for the 2017-2018 academic year closed on November 1, 2016. The application for the 2018-2019 academic year will open in April of 2017.
The top 77 applicants for the 2017 cycle will be designated "finalists" and will be asked to appear for interviews in New York City or California in late-January or early-February of 2017. The Fellowship program will cover travel and accommodation. The 30 2017 Fellowship winners, selected from among the 77 finalists, will be notified in March of 2017. They will begin to receive stipend and tuition support from the program in the fall of 2017. If a Fellow is in the second-to-last year of their graduate program in the spring of 2017, when the new class of Fellows is announced, the Fellowship may approve special requests, under certain circumstances, to retroactively activate the Fellowship in order to cover that term.