Columbia University Offers Obama Foundation Scholars in USA, 2020

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Scholarship Description:

The grant is for two years to enable the applicant to complete the program and aims to identify innovative solutions to complex global problems and promote change through values-based leadership.

Obama Foundation Scholars Program is available to all dynamic, collaborative, rising leaders from all around the world at Columbia University for the academic year 2020/21.

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Host College/University:

The university offers a lot of learning and many other career-related opportunities that will help to increase your unique skills and abilities. Here, students can expect to work and study alongside other dynamic and diverse students from other many disciplines.

Established in 1754, Columbia University has thirteen graduate schools, four affiliated colleges, twenty-five libraries, and one hundred research centers and institutes. It provides degree programs in a diverse range of professional and inter-disciplinary fields.

Degree level:

Masters degree program.

Field of Study:

The program will be awarded to study masters in any subject offered by the university.

Scholarship Award: 

The Foundation will cover the following expenses:

  • 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.


Aspirants from all around the world are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria are as follows;

  • 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.

Applying procedure Instructions:

The following application guidance is intended for candidates who wish to apply for the scholarships:  

  • Eligible aspirants can register their interest in this education award by taking admission in the master’s program at the university. After being accepted, claimants can apply through the online application form for this grant.
  • In addition to the usual documents to be submitted, applicants should upload curriculum vitae, proof of English proficiency, three letters of recommendation, and Personal video statement.
  • For admission, the candidates must have a bachelor degree from a recognized university.
  • This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree – not a master’s or graduate degree – in a country where English is an official language or have previously taken the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exams in the last five years and scored at or above the minimum requirement of 100 (TOEFL-IBT), 600 (TOEFL-PBT), 7.0 (IELTS), or 68 (PTE Academic). If applicants qualify for a waiver under this exception, they must upload a scanned copy of their score report to the online application to ensure their application is eligible for review. If they did not score at or above the required minimum or no longer have a copy of their old results, they must retake an English proficiency exam.

Scholarship Official Web Links:

Online Application: ◄–

Scholarship Link: ◄–

Scholarship Deadline:

December 13, 2019.

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