We are looking for the 30 most promising New Americans who will go on to make a significant contribution to US society, culture, or their academic field.
Every year, we support 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.
You must be planning to be enrolled full-time in a graduate program in the 2024-2025 academic year to apply in the fall of 2023. You can apply to the Fellowship at the same time that you apply for graduate school or in your first two years of the program you're seeking funding for in 2024.
The application for the 2024 Fellowship is closed.
In its 25 year history, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans has built a community of 775 immigrants and children of immigrants.
Selection criteria focuses on accomplishments that show creativity, originality, and initiative in light of the challenges and opportunities that have been part of the applicant's immigration experience. The application is open to college seniors, students in the early stages of their graduate career, and those in the workforce who are seeking graduate training. The Fellowship is open to all types of professional and graduate degrees, including JDs, MBAs, MPPs, MPAs, PhDs, MMs, MArchs, MDs, MSs, and the list goes on.
Eligible applicants must be 30 or younger and planning on being enrolled in a full-time graduate program in the 2024-2025 academic year. Please find the full eligibility requirements here.
Two important things to keep in mind about the October 26, 2023 deadline:
Applicants and potential applicants are encouraged to learn about the Fellow community through the Fellowship's website, regular e-mails, and informational webinars.
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Each week we hand our Instagram account over to a different Fellow to tell their New American story. Not sure where to start on your own New American essay for the application? Browsing past Instagram posts may help you think about ideas and stories from your own life.
If you are just learning about The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, we invite you to join us for an online informational webinar about the program. In the webinar our staff will go over the history of the program, our selection critera and eligibility requirements, discuss the application process, and give an overview of what it's like to be a Fellow. Participants can also ask questions in advance or during the webinar. To view our webinar schedule and sign up, follow this link. We also have recorded information sessions available here.