General Information

Headquartered in
New York
Craig Harwood Director

Contact Information

  • Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 224 West 57th St New York, NY 10019
  • Tel: 212-547-6926
  • Fax: 212-548-4623

Online Presence

  • Other


The program of fellowships they shaped has the following characteristics:

  • It honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents -- each year.

  • At the time of their selection, fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support.

  • Each fellow receives tuition and living expenses that can total as much as $90,000 over two academic years.

  • Fellows can study in any degree-granting program in any field at any university in the United States.

  • Fellows are selected on the basis of merit – the specific criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment -- in annual national competitions.  Candidates apply directly.  The program does not depend on recommendations from universities or regional screening.   Neither financial need nor distributive considerations are taken into account in the selection process.

  • Each fellows attends two weekend conferences of fellows. The great majority continue to be involved with the program through regional dinners, service in the selection process for later classes, etc.

Since the founding of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans:

  • Approximately 12,500 applications have been received and processed.

  • 14 classes of Fellows have been selected, beginning in 1998

  • 415 Fellows have been appointed:  20 in the first year and 30 in most subsequent years (the four additional fellows were appointed in 2003, 2007, and 2009).

  • The 61 current Fellows received undergraduate degrees from 34 different colleges and universities.  They are receiving support for graduate study at 22 different universities in 27 different fields of study.

  • 354 former Fellows are now alumni of the program.

Expectations of Paul and Daisy Soros Fellows:

  1. Facilitate a visit from the Program Director to the Fellow’s graduate program, including meetings with the fellow’s dean, major professor, and financial aid officer.

  2. Provide the program with transcripts of academic work done under the Program’s support.

  3. Attend two weekend Fall Conferences of Fellows in New York City.  These events provide numerous opportunities for the sixty current fellows to get to know each other, discuss common problems, and reflect on the challenges of career and family.  They visit major New York cultural institutions:  the Metropolitan Opera, a Broadway show, the great museums,  etc.  Mr. and Mrs. Soros traditionally host each new class at a cocktail reception in their apartment.  Prominent speakers lead discussions of issues such as immigration policy, climate change, human rights and civil liberties.

  4. Provide the program with an “end of fellowship” report.