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The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships

Institutional Endorsement: This scholarship does not require U-M endorsement. Applications are submitted directly to the P.D. Soros Foundation.

Application Deadline: November 1st


Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty new Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.  Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $40,000), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for two years.

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)


  • If an applicant was born abroad as a non-US citizen, then they must have been naturalized, be a green card holder, be adopted, or be a DACA recipient.

  • If an applicant was born in the US, or was born abroad as a US citizen, both parents must have been born abroad as non-US citizens.

  • To be eligible, applicants must be entering graduate school or in the first two years of graduate school as of the application deadline.  Fellows must be enrolled in full-time graduate programs for the following academic year. The first year of the fellowship cannot be deferred.

  • Applicants cannot have reached their 31st birthday on November 1st of the year in which they apply.

  • Applicants should be among the top incoming or current students in their graduate programs with excellent academic and co-curricular records of achievement.  Current Soros Fellows profiles.

  • Please see the Soros Fellowship website for more eligibility details.

Selection Criteria:

  • The candidate has demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life.

  • The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort.

  • The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This would include, but not be limited to, support of human rights and the rule of law, opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.

  • The candidate gives promise of continued significant contributions. Those contributions are likely to reflect distinctive creativity, originality and initiative and will mark the candidate as a leading and influential figure within her/his fields of endeavor.

  • The candidate's graduate training is relevant to her/his long-term career goals and is of potential value in enhancing her/his future creativity and accomplishment.

  • Please see the Soros Fellowship website for upcoming webinars on these criteria and applications instructions.

Application Instructions:

  • Apply online via the Soros Fellowship website.

  • The online applications includes:

    • Eligibility, contact information, and higher-education history

    • An academic statement for the graduate program for which you are seeking support

    • Resume

    • Two essays (see the Soros Fellowship website for prompts)

    • Transcripts and standardized test scores

    • 3-5 letters of recommendation (see the Soros Fellowship website for guidance to strong letters)

Application Timeline:

  • Applications are due November 1st

  • The top 77 applicants will be designated as finalists and invited to interview in either Los Angeles (late January) or New York (early February).  All expenses for travel and accommodations are paid by the P.D. Soros Foundation.

  • 30 fellowship winners will be notified in March and announced in April. 

  • Fellows will begin receiving financial support the following fall.