Each year, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans honors and supports the graduate education of 30 new Americans — permanent residents, naturalized citizens and children of naturalized parents.
Applications for the 2016 class of fellows will be accepted through Nov. 1. Each class comprises new Americans who are poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic fields. The fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granted program in the U.S., and fellows receive up to $90,000 over that two-year period.
Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, launched this program in 1997 as a way to give back to the country that had provided them and their children with opportunities. The fellowship program became the vehicle to provide opportunities to other new Americans, particularly those at critical points in their education, and to call attention to the diverse contributions new Americans make to the quality of life in the United States.
The 2015 class was announced in April, and many of this year’s fellows are naturalized citizens pursuing graduate degrees in a variety of fields.
Applications for the 2016 class can be submitted online and more information is available through online seminars from now through October. Detailed information about the fellowship, eligibility and other guidance is available on the Paul and Daisy Soros website.