$90,000 scholarship for new Americans pursuing higher education


Founded by immigrants, the Paul & Daisy Soros Scholarships for New Americans was established to support outstanding new Americans – immigrants and children of immigrants – pursuing higher education in the United States. In an effort to highlight the many ways new Americans contribute to society and culture, the scholarship supports 30 individuals each year with up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice.

In addition, each new scholar joins the lifetime community of former 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 contractors.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship has been invaluable support in my studies as a graduate student at the Yale School of Art. Financially, the scholarship gives me the opportunity to fully invest my focus and time in my work, and I find it hard to imagine having this level of artistic freedom without it. As a first-generation American pursuing higher education, I feel considered and valued as an artist and cultural producer by the larger community of PD Soros Fellows who themselves do incredible work in their respective fields. I am grateful to contribute my story to the ocean of new American experiences that the PD Soros Fellowship celebrates and invests in.

Jonathan Herrera SotoPaul and Daisy Soros Fellow 2021

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

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

To learn more, visit pdsoros.org.

Application for the 2023-2024 academic year is now open and due Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The selection criteria relate to productions that demonstrate creativity, originality and initiative. The application is open to college seniors, students applying for graduate school, and those in the early stages of graduate school. All applicants must plan to be enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate program in the United States during the 2023-24 academic year, and they must be 30 years of age or younger by the application deadline. Learn more about full eligibility criteria.

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