Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their Fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to "give back" to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at critical points in their educations was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to call attention of all Americans to the extensive and diverse contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country.

In 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Soros contributed an additional $25 million to the charitable trust that funds their Fellowships for New Americans. For details, see the Wall Street Journalarticle.

The program of Fellowships they shaped has the following characteristics:
It honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents -- each year.
At the time of their selection, Fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support.

Each Fellow receives tuition and living expenses that can total as much as $90,000 over two academic years.

Fellows can study in any degree-granting program in any field at any university in the United States.
Fellows are selected on the basis of merit – the specific criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment -- in annual national competitions. Candidates apply directly. The program does not depend on recommendations from universities or regional screening. Neither financial need nor distributive considerations are taken into account in the selection process.
Each Fellows attends two weekend conferences of Fellows. The great majority continue to be involved with the program through regional dinners, service in the selection process for later classes, etc.

The application for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program’s Class of 2017 will open in April of 2016. In order to be eligible for the Class of 2017, you must be a New American who is 30 or younger as of the application deadline, and who is pursuing a graduate degree full-time in the United States in the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants may apply to the Fellowship at the same time that they are applying for graduate school, or after they are already enrolled in graduate school.

One of the best ways to learn about The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to join the administrative staff for a webinar information session. Webinars are open to everyone with an internet connection and are held on GoToWebinar. Each webinar will include an overview of the Fellowship, how to apply, selection criteria, eligibility requirements, the benefits of the Fellowship and the Fellowship community. Participants can submit questions ahead of the webinar or during the webinar.

We continue to add webinar dates and times throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2016. Here are the current available webinar dates and times:
Thursday, February 11, 12 pm EST
Tuesday, February 23, 5 pm EST
Tuesday, March 8, 3 pm EST
Monday, March 21, 1 pm EST
Wednesday, April 6, 12:30 pm EST
Tuesday, April 12, 6 pm EST
Thursday, April 21, 10 am EST
Wednesday, April 27, 12:30 pm EST
Monday, May 2, 12 pm EST
Friday, May 6, 11 am EST
Wednesday, May 11, 3 pm EST

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