Scholars of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program

Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University, 2022 – 2023

Deadline: 22nd December, 2021

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University seeks rising leaders from the United States and around the world.

Since 2018, the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University has welcomed:

  • 46 rising leaders from 36 countries who have demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to challenges in their communities, countries, and regions
  • Scholars who were, on average, 33 years of age, with ages ranging from 25 to 45
  • Emerging institutional and movement leaders addressing a range of challenges, including strengthening governance, increasing access to high-quality healthcare, environmental sustainability, and promoting women’s rights and ending gender-based violence

Eligibility Criteria for the Obama Foundation Scholar Program

  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “breakthrough moment” in their careers
  • Have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, region or country, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their completion of the program and apply their enhanced training, skills; and also connections on a long-term basis for the benefit of these communities
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written and spoken)
  • Have the ability and also the inclination to positively shape the future of their community
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to inclusivity, community-orientation, hope, courage, imagination, strategy, accountability, integrity and resilience

Scholar Benefits

  • Monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in New York City
  • furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University, if the program is able to convene in person
  • All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University
  • Basic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program in New York City, if the program is able to convene in person
  • Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities, if the program is able to convene in person

YOU CAN ALSO: 

Apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme, 2022/2023


2022-2023 Application for the Obama Foundation Scholar Program

  • Complete online application form
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal video statement
  • Responses to short essay questions
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Two letters of recommendation


You can also visit the Obama Foundation Scholars Program webpage for more details.

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