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Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans

Campus Deadline Disciplines Purpose Open To Eligibility Endorsement Required
October 29 All disciplines Funding for up to five academic years of graduate study, paid summer internship, and other benefits Seniors and graduate students U.S. citizen or in possession of a green card, 3.0+ GPA No

Thirty Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded on the basis of a single national competition, each supporting up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States. The program values a commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and promotes a strong sense of community among fellows and alumni through fall conferences for fellows and numerous events for fellows and alumni held throughout the country. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported, a total of as much as $90,000.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country).
  • Not yet 31 years old, as of the application deadline.
  • A college senior or holder of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Not beyond your second year – if already enrolled — in the graduate degree program for which you request support.

Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment in the application. The top 77 applicants will be designated “finalists” and will be asked to appear for interviews in New York City or Los Angeles. Reasonable expenses will be covered by the Fellowship Program.

For more information, visit the Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans website.


Sze-Ling Ng

Sze-Ling Ng

Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans
Awarded - 2005-2006

Raeuf Roushangar

Raeuf Roushangar

Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans
Awarded - 2014-2015

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Vishnu Kannan

Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans
Finalist - 2023-2024
For a complete list of all awardees, including Honorable Mentions and Finalists, see All Awardees.
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