Sponsored by the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Are you an immigrant or the child of immigrants pursuing a graduate degree in the United States? Apply to The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a merit-based $90,000 graduate school fellowship for individuals who are 30 or younger and who are pursuing a full-time professional or graduate degree in the United States.
Each Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field at any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to a total of $90,000.
Each Fellow receives $25,000 in stipend support a year (all stipend awards are capped at $50,000 per year), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
- A short video about the Fellowship’s story can be found here
- Full eligibility requirements can be found here
- Pre-recorded information sessions can be found here
New Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows join a strong community of current and past Fellows who all share the New American experience. There is an alumni association, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows Association (PDSFA), which actively engages current and past Fellows in events held across the country.
Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. The program values a commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The program does not have any quotas for types of degrees, universities or programs, countries of origin, or gender, etc. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply in subsequent years if they are still eligible. The competition is merit-based.
Notable Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows – The program supports Fellows in a range of fields. Search all current and past Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows by expertise, topic area, institution, and heritage here.
- US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (1998 Fellow) – Vivek was born in England and is the child of Indian immigrants.
- California Surgeon General Nadine Burke-Harris (1999 Fellow) – Nadine was born in Canada and was raised partially in Jamaica and the United States.
- Olympic Gold Medalist Amy Chow (2003 Fellow) – Amy was a member of the Magnificent Seven and the first Asian American to bring home a Gold in gymnastics. She is the child of immigrants from China and Hong Kong.
- Scientist and CEO Tony Pan (2010 Fellow) – Tony is an inventor of 150+ patents pending, spanning fields such as energy, nanotechnology, electronics, and biomedical devices. He is Co-founder and CEO of Modern Electron, in Bellevue WA, where he is leading the development of a new technology in order to make electricity cheaper and far more universally available. Tony grew up in Taiwan, Scotland, and Korea.
- Author Kao Kalia Yang (2003 Fellow) – Kalia is the author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). Kalia was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in Thailand, where her family had fled to escape the ethnic cleansing of the Hmong, a preliterate highland tribal people who fought with the American soldiers during the Vietnam War. After six years in the refugee camp, the family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they have lived since.
- Computational Biologist Pardis Sabeti (2001 Fellow) – TIME‘s Persons of the Year in 2015 (Ebola Fighters), Pardis is a leading professor and researcher at Harvard and MIT and a member of the Broad Institute. She is an immigrant from Iran.
- Leading Artificial Intelligence Scientist Fei-Fei Li (1999 Fellow) – Fei-Fei was the chief scientist of artificial intelligence and machine learning at Google Cloud and is the director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. She is an immigrant from China.
- Public Health Leader Nirav Shah (2005 Fellow) – Nirav is the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control. Nirav is the child of immigrants from India.
- Venture Capitalist Zaw Thet (2003 Fellow) – A Founding Partner of Signia Venture Partners, Zaw is focused on early-stage tech investing and on creating a new model of venture capital. His family immigrated from Burma and Zaw was born in the United States.
- Lawyer and Diplomat Julissa Reynoso (1999 Fellow) – Julissa is the chief of staff for First Lady Jill Biden and the former US Ambassador to Uruguay. She was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the South Bronx in 1982.
- Award-Winning Composer, Poet, Concert Pianist and Visual Artist Lera Auerbach (1998 Fellow) – Lera has published more than 100 works for opera, ballet, orchestral and chamber music, and performs as concert pianist throughout the world. Her ballets and operas have been produced in major theaters on every continent, including the Hamburg State Opera, Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, New York’s Lincoln Center, and the National Ballet of Canada. She is an immigrant from Russia.
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