University of Iowa


The purpose of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields and to partake of the American dream.

Fellows must have shown potential in the fields for which they seek further education; the capacity for creativity, persistence and work; and the commitment to the values of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which protect the American dream. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow. Institutional nomination is required for the Soros Fellowship for New Americans. 

For more information on the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, explore key areas of the foundation website by following the links provided below:

  • Fellowship background & history
  • Parameters of eligibility
  • Selection criteria
  • Expectations of Soros Fellows
  • Access the online application

Contact on campus: Kelly Thornburg, Director of Scholar Development, Honors at Iowa, 319-335-1874,