Obama Foundation Scholars Program in collaboration with Columbia university is inviting applications for the 2020/2021 Scholars opportunities for rising leaders from around the world who have demonstrated commitment to finding solutions to challenges in their communities, countries or regions to have opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills and to build new capacities and networks that will accelerate their impact in their home countries.

Scholars Benefits 

  • Monthly stipend to assist with theliving expenses in New York city
  • A furnished studio apartment within a walking distance from Columbia university
  • All tuition fees up to four courses at Columbia university
  • Basic Medical, dental and life insurance for the duration
  • Air travel costs to and from home country
  • Leadership development program


Interested individuals for The Obama Foundation Scholars program at Columbia university should observe the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have demonstrated commitment to humility, integrity, inclusivity, stewardship and teamwork
  • Demonstrated commitment to return to hone countries after graduation
  • Fluent in English ( Verbal & written) 
  • Have the ability to positively shape the future of their communities

Documents Required

  • Complete application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal Video statement
  • Responses to short essay questions
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Three letters of recommendation

How To Apply

All applications for the 2020/2021 Obama Foundation Scholars program are done online.

Application deadline: 13th Dec 2019 


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