Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2023-2024 to Study in USA (Now Open)

The application portal is now open for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2023-2024, fully funded to study in USA.

The program, which is an initiative of the University of Columbia through Columbia World Projects, targets young and energetic people across the globe who can take up the challenge of studying at Columbia University and, in return, contribute to the development of their communities.

The program is a full-time, fully-funded leadership development program that brings together rising leaders from the United States and around the world who demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to challenges in their communities, countries, and regions.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Columbia

Scholarships to be taken at: University of Columbia, New York City.

Scholarship Type: Full funding.

Scholarship Worth: Full cost of the program, return airfare, and monthly stipends

Slots: Several Scholarships are available.

Study Level: All Courses.

Nationality: Students worldwide.

Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2023-2024|Details

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program brings together rising leaders from around the world who have demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to challenges in their communities, countries, and regions.

Over the course of an academic year, the Obama Foundation Scholars will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills and to build new capacities and networks that will accelerate their impact in their home countries.

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
  • 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
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written, and spoken)
  • English Language Requirement: Candidates who are from countries where the English language is not used as official language may need to provide proof of language ability by means of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) or the Duolingo English Test (DET). No other exams will be accepted. Also, see the official webpage for further language requirement details. This requirement is waived for certain categories of applicants, including those who have completed a bachelor’s degree program in an English-speaking country

Scholarship Program Benefits

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program comes with the following benefits for the scholars, including Monthly stipend for living expenses in New York City, a furnished studio apartment, all tuition and feesBasic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program, Air travel to and from home country and Leadership development programming.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: To apply for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2023-2024, applicants are to: complete the online application form and submit the following materials:

  • Resume/curriculum vitae: The resume/curriculum vitae should be a chronological listing of your employment and academic history and other significant activities, including any awards, publications, or other achievements․
  • Personal video statement: The personal video statement should be a short video (no longer than five minutes in length) introducing the applicant and their work to the selection committee. Applicants will upload their video statement to a video hosting service, like YouTube or Vimeo, and will include a link to their video in the online application. Additional information on the requirements for the personal video statement can be found in the online application.
  • Responses to short essay questions: The short essay questions help the selection committee understand the applicant’s work, their motivation, and how the program fits into their career trajectory. Applicants will submit their essay questions in the online application.

Application DeadlineJanuary 19, 2023, at 5PM ET.

Visit the Official Webpage for Further Details

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