Founded by immigrants, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans was created to support outstanding New Americans — immigrants and the children of immigrants — pursuing graduate school in the United States. With the goal of highlighting the many ways that New Americans contribute to society and culture, the fellowship supports 30 individuals every year with up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice.

In addition, each new Fellow joins the lifelong community of past recipients. The active alumni network includes artists, designers, architects, directors, writers, composers, and musicians, as well as doctors, lawyers, public health experts, professors, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship has been an invaluable support in my studies as a graduate student at the Yale School of Art. Financially, the fellowship gives me the opportunity to fully invest my focus and time into my work, and I have difficulty imagining having this level of artistic freedom without it. As a first generation American pursuing graduate studies I feel seen and valued as an artist and cultural producer by the larger PD Soros community of fellows who are themselves doing amazing work in their own respective fields. I am grateful to contribute my narrative to the ocean of New American experiences the PD Soros Fellowship celebrates and invests in.

Jonathan Herrera Soto, 2021 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow

Eligible New Americans include green card holders, naturalized citizens, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, individuals born abroad who graduated from both high school and college in the United States, and the US-born children of two immigrants.

Watch an information session for applicants in the visual and performing arts, design, and architecture.

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The application for the 2023–24 academic year is now open and due on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 2pm Eastern Time (ET). Selection criteria focuses on accomplishments that show creativity, originality, and initiative. The application is open to college seniors, students applying to graduate school, and those who are in the early stages of graduate school. All applicants must be planning to be enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate program in the US in the 2023–24 academic year, and they must be 30 or younger as of the application deadline. Learn more about full eligibility requirements.

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