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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Calling Immigrants & Children of Immigrants

The application for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program’s Class of 2017 is closed. The application for the 2018 Fellowships will open in April. Updated eligibility requirements will be posted at that time.

In order to be eligible for the Class of 2017, you must be a New American who is 30 or younger as of the application deadline, and who is pursuing a graduate degree full-time in the United States in the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants may apply to the Fellowship at the same time that they are applying for graduate school, or after they are already enrolled in graduate school. 

To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must meet the following three requirements as of the November 1 application deadline:

One of the following must be true as of the November 1, 2016 application deadline:
  • Born in the US: You are a US citizen by birth and both of your parents were born abroad as non-US citizens.
  • Naturalized Citizen: You have been naturalized as a US citizen either on your own or as a minor child under the application of one of your parents.
  • Green Card: You are in possession of a valid green card.
  • Adopted: You were born outside of the US or one of its territories and were subsequently adopted by American parents, and were awarded US citizenship as a result of your adoption.
  • DACA: You have been granted deferred action under the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Note: For all of the above, it must be true that both of your parents were born outside of the United States as non-US citizens, and were not eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births.


You will be, or expect to be, enrolled in a full time graduate program at a US university for the 2017-18 academic year, and one of the following must be true as of the application deadline (November 1, 2016):

  • You are in your senior year of college and expect to receive your bachelor’s degree as of June 2017.
  • You have graduated from college, and are not currently enrolled in a graduate program in the US.
  • You are currently enrolled in a graduate program in the US that is different from the program in which you will be enrolled for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • You are currently in the graduate program you will be continuing in 2017-18, and you have not begun the third year of study for that program.
  • You are in a joint-degree program, and have not begun the third year of the degree program you want funding for in 2017-18.

Ineligible Graduate Programs: Online programs, executive MBAs, joint bachelors/master's programs, certificate programs, and post-baccalaureate programs

3. AGE

You cannot have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline.