Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans is designed to help underwrite American graduate education for immigrants and their children. The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Thirty Fellowships are awarded each year. Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $25,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the US graduate program attended by the Fellow (up to a maximum of $20,000 per academic year).


  • The applicant must be a "New American."
    • Applicant is a "resident alien" and holds a Green Card.
    • Applicant is a naturalized citizen.
    • Applicant has one parent who is a naturalized citizen. (The other parent cannot be US born.)
  • The applicant must be in their senior year in college or hold a bachelor's degree.
  • The applicant may not be older than 30 years old on November 30 of the year in which they apply.

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


The application includes:

  • Online application form
  • Two essays on specified topics
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Institutional status form
  • Transcripts
  • Documentation of "New American" status
  • Results for required aptitude test results (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, etc.)

A successful candidate will give evidence of creativity, originality, and initiative, demonstrated in any area of her/his life; a capacity for accomplishment, demonstrated through activity that has required drive and sustained effort; and a commitment to the values expressed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Candidates must also demonstrate the relevance of graduate education to their long-term career goals and potential in enhancing their contributions to society.


Applications are due online by November 1, 2018. After screening, eighty-four candidates will be selected for interviews. Fellows will be announced in February.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey