The Foundation defines new citizens as:
- resident alien (Green Card holder), or
- naturalized US citizen, or
- child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of their U.S. graduate program (up to a maximum of $16,000 per academic year).