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Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Program Summary

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports 30 individuals a year for up to 2 years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the U.S. The fellowships are for leaders who can give evidence of creativity, accomplishment, and commitment to the U.S. Constitution. The recipients are chosen on a national competitive basis.

Criteria for Selection: Candidates must demonstrate the relevance of graduate education to their long-term career goals and potential in enhancing their contributions to society. Fellowships are not solely awarded on the basis of academic record.

A successful candidate will give evidence of at least two of the following three attributes or criteria for selection: (1) creativity, originality, and initiative, demonstrated in any are of her/his life; (2) a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment, demonstrated through activity that has required drive and sustained effort; and (3) a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.


A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card or, (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.

The Program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as to the United States, but is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States as their principal residence and focus of national identity.

The applicant must either have a bachelor's degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study. Those who have a bachelor's degree may already be pursuing graduate study and may receive Fellowship support to continue that study. Individuals who are in the third, or subsequent, year of study in the same graduate program are not, however, eligible for this competition. Students who have received a master's degree in a program and are continuing for a doctoral degree in the same program are considered to have been in the same program from the time they began their work on their master's degree.

To be eligible you must not be older than thirty years of age as of NOVEMBER 1, 2004.


Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in three installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow. Fees are not included in calculating tuition. A Fellow may not work during the period of the Fellowship without the permission of the Director.


NOVEMBER 1, 2004

Application Procedures

Applicants are required: (1) To complete an application form; (2) to submit two essays on specified topics; (3) to submit a form endorsing their application from a college president, dean or department chairperson, if they are applying to begin graduate study, or from their graduate program or department director, if they are applying to continue graduate study; (4) to assure the submission of two reference letters; (5) to assure the submission of a transcript from the applicant's undergraduate institution, and if her/his graduate training is already in progress, from the graduate institution as well; (6) to submit documentary evidence that the applicant meets, as of November 30, 1999, the definition of New American; and (7) to have taken and submitted to the Fellowship Program by December 7, 2000, scores from any graduate aptitude test required by programs to which the applicant has applied.

Application packets and instructions may be obtained from 1252 Murphy Hall, from The Paul & Daisy Soros website at, or by contacting The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans directly at:

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
400 West 59th St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 547-6926
(212) 548-4623

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