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.
2023 Fellowship Application DeadlineOctober 27, 2022 2:00 pm ET
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is proud to honor the contributions of continuing generations of immigrants and refugees to the United States.
Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis. All eligibility requirements apply to the status of the applicant (“you”) as of October 27, 2022. If named a finalist, you will be required to provide documentation of your eligibility.
To be eligible for the Class of 2023, you must be a New American who is 30 or younger as of the application deadline, and who is planning on starting or continuing an eligible graduate degree program full-time in the United States in the 2023-2024 academic year. You may apply to the Fellowship while you are applying to graduate school, or after you are already enrolled in graduate school. However, if you are in a graduate program for which you are seeking support, then you cannot have started a third or subsequent year of that program as of the October 27th deadline.
To be eligible for the 2023 Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements as of the October 27, 2022 application deadline:
1. NEW AMERICAN STATUS
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.
To be eligible, your birth parents must have both been born outside of the US as non-US citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births. In addition, one of the following must be true of you as of the October 27 application deadline:
- US Citizen by Birth: You are a US citizen by birth and one of the following is true:
- Both of your birth parents were born abroad as non-US citizens and were not eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births.
- You were raised by only one of your birth parents, the parent that raised you was born abroad as a non-US citizen, and your second birth parent was not a part of your life growing up and you have no contact with them.
- Born abroad: You were born abroad as a non-US citizen and one of the following is true:
- 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.
- 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 because of your adoption.
- Green Card: You are in possession of a valid green card.
- Refugee & Asylees: You have been granted asylum or refugee status in the US.
- If None of the Other Categories Above Apply: Graduated from High School and College in the US: If none of the other categories apply to you and you were born abroad, you must have graduated from both high school and college in the US (this includes current and past DACA recipients).
2. ACADEMIC STANDING
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing full-time graduate degrees at United States institutions. To be eligible, you will have a bachelor’s degree as of the fall of 2023. You may be applying to graduate school at the same time that you are applying to the Fellowship, or you may already be enrolled in the graduate program that you are seeking funding for as of the application deadline. The Fellowship is open to all fields of study and fully accredited full-time graduate and professional degree programs. To be eligible for the 2023 Fellowship, you should be planning to be enrolled full-time in an eligible graduate degree program at a US university for the full 2023-24 academic year. To be eligible, you must not have begun the third year of the program that you are seeking funding for as of the October 27, 2022 deadline. Individuals who have a previous graduate degree are eligible. For individuals in a joint- or dual-degree program, the program you are enrolled in for the 2023-24 academic year must meet the eligibility requirements.
Beginning this cycle, online programs, including hybrid programs, are eligible for Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships funding. Online programs must meet the eligibility requirements detailed above.
During the academic year, Fellows are not permitted to work full-time; part-time work—up to 20 hours—is permitted with approval of the Fellowship director.
Ineligible programs: Executive graduate programs, joint bachelors/master’s programs in which both degrees are awarded simultaneously, certificate programs, post-baccalaureate programs, graduate programs that are not in the United States, and graduate programs that are not fully accredited.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program is intended for students who are early in their careers. All students must be 30 or younger as of the application deadline. To be eligible for the 2023 Fellowship, you must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of the application deadline. There is no minimum age requirement.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program uses three primary criteria for selection of Fellows:
- The candidate has demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life.
- The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort.
- The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This would include, but not be limited to, support of human rights and the rule of law, opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.
In addition, the program considers two further criteria:
- The candidate gives promise of continued significant contributions. Those contributions are likely to reflect distinctive creativity, originality and initiative and will mark the candidate as a leading and influential figure within her/his fields of endeavor.
- The candidate’s graduate training is relevant to her/his long-term career goals and is of potential value in enhancing her/his future creativity and accomplishment.
The program seeks to create “a level playing field” for the consideration of applicants from different backgrounds, in different fields, at different stages in their educational development, and of different ages. Because New Americans and their families have had very different immigration experiences, we take those differences into account in assessing applicants’ success in meeting the selection criteria.
We always look at applicants holistically and have never had a preferred GPA or test score range. That’s because we know, with or without a pandemic, that our applicants may be facing, or have faced, major challenges or structural inequities that prevent them from getting the grades and scores they want. We’re interested in applicants who do the most with what they have, challenge themselves, and work hard to overcome obstacles.
Given the global COVID-19 crisis, we will be particularly sensitive and holistic in our approach to reviewing applicants’ academic work, test scores, and GPAs this year. We realize that many college and graduate school students are dealing with major disruptions in their personal and academic lives, some university classes will be pass/fail, and major test dates have been changed. We want applicants to know that we are rooting for you and will be extremely flexible in our approach to reviewing your work.