Graduate study in any field at any American University for new Americans


October 27, 2022

Award recipients


Maria Pia Rodriguez Salazar

Soros Fellow, Class of 2014

Mohamed Ismail

Soros Fellow, Class of 2013

Sanjay Kishore

Soros Fellow, Class of 2013

Kaveh Danesh

Soros Fellow, Class of 2012

Quick facts

Academic Discipline



US Citizen, Permanent Resident


Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate



Average GPA of Scholars


Endorsement Required


Award Amount

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. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States.

Age Limit



The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.


  1. Status as a New American: If you were born outside the United States (as a non citizen), you must, as of the application deadline, be either a naturalized citizen or in possession of a green card (i.e., be a resident alien). Note: if you are a foreign student studying in the United States on a student visa, you ARE NOT eligible for this program unless you have a green card in hand. If you were born inside the United States, your parents must have been born outside the United States and at least one of them must be a naturalized citizens of this country.
  2. Age: You must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday.
  3. Academic Standing: You must be a college senior in good standing or hold a bachelor’s degree. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program in the United States, you must be in your first or second year in that program. If you are in a joint degree program, you must be in the first or second year of the degree program that you would be pursuing under the fellowship. Even if you have already been awarded a graduate degree, you are eligible to apply for support to cover study in a subsequent graduate degree program in the United States. If you are a college senior, or will not be enrolled in a graduate program as of the application deadline, you will be expected to have decided on a field of study to begin in the Spring or Fall prior and identified graduate programs in the United States to which you plan to apply.

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