2016 Applications Open for Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Paul & Daisy Soros

Each year, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans honors and supports the graduate education of 30 new Americans — permanent residents, naturalized citizens and children of naturalized parents.

Applications for the 2016 class of fellows will be accepted through Nov. 1. Each class comprises new Americans who are poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic fields. The fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granted program in the U.S., and fellows receive up to $90,000 over that two-year period.

Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, launched this program in 1997 as a way to give back to the country that had provided them and their children with opportunities. The fellowship program became the vehicle to provide opportunities to other new Americans, particularly those at critical points in their education, and to call attention to the diverse contributions new Americans make to the quality of life in the United States.

The 2015 class was announced in April, and many of this year’s fellows are naturalized citizens pursuing graduate degrees in a variety of fields.

Applications for the 2016 class can be submitted online and more information is available through online seminars from now through October. Detailed information about the fellowship, eligibility and other guidance is available on the Paul and Daisy Soros website.

Posted on August 20, 2015

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Get Citizenship Help

Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More