Crossposted from the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.

The competition is merit-based and highly competitive; last year, we received more than 2,400 applications. Every year we select 77 finalists who receive interviews, and then 30 Fellows are selected from that group.

Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment and we value 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.

Full eligibility requirements can be found here. If you are interested in connecting with a university fellowship advisor, you can find a list of university's with advisors here.

To be eligible for the 2022 Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements as of the October 28, 2021 application deadline:

*If you were raised by only one of your birth parents, the parent who raised you must have been born abroad as a non-US citizen, and your second birth parent must not have been part of your life growing up and is someone you have no contact with.

About the Application

The application and all recommendations are due by October 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET. No exceptions. Please note that all applications are reviewed after October 28, 2021 and applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis. We strongly recommend that you submit before October 28, 2021 because there will be quite a bit of traffic on the site on the final day which will slow down the system.

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