Application Information

Eligibility Requirements

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University seeks rising leaders from around the world who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, region or country outside the United States, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their completion of the program and apply their enhanced training, skills and connections on a long-term basis for the benefit of these communities
     
  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “tipping point” in their careers
     
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written and spoken)
     
  • Have the ability and inclination to positively shape the future of their community
     
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to humility, integrity, inclusivity, stewardship, fearlessness, imagination and teamwork

Application

Applications for the 2019-2020 Program are now closed. The 2020-2021 application will be posted in the fall of 2019.

Scholar Benefits

  • Monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in New York City
     
  • A furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University
     
  • All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University
     
  • Basic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program
     
  • Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities
     
  • Leadership development programming led by the Obama Foundation that will help scholars gain the real-world skills, tools and experiences to expand the impact of their work when they return home 
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