Fully Funded Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University 2021-2022

Fully Funded Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University 2021-2022
Fully Funded Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University 2021-2022

Deadline: February 5, 2021 @ 5pm ET

Applications for the Fully Funded Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University 2021-2022 in the United States of America is now open till February 5, 2021.

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Columbia University’s Obama Foundation Scholars Program is a full-time, fully funded leadership development program that brings together emerging leaders in their communities, cultures, and regions from the United States and around the world who have shown a dedication to seeking solutions to challenges. Obama Foundation Scholars deepen their expertise and talents over the span of an academic year at Columbia University and create new capabilities and networks to increase their influence in their home countries.

Upon conclusion of the curriculum, Obama Foundation Scholars return to the regions where they have been working and proceed down a road of service, inspired by their experience.


Columbia University’s Obama Foundation Scholars Program recruits emerging leaders who meet the following requirements from the United States and around the world:

  • They are young professionals who have contributed greatly to their profession and are now at a “breakthrough moment” in their careers.
  • Have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, area, or nation, combined with a proven commitment to return to these communities after the program has been concluded and to contribute their improved preparation, expertise, and relations on a long-term basis to the benefit of these communities
  • Talk English fluently (verbal, written, and spoken)
  • Have the opportunity and inclination to influence their community’s future positively.
  • Have a proven devotion to modesty, honesty, inclusiveness, stewardship, fearlessness, creativity, and teamwork

Profile of a Cohort
Since 2018, the Columbia University Obama Foundation Scholars Program has welcomed:

  • 34 rising leaders from 29 countries who have shown a determination in their populations, countries, and regions to find solutions to challenges
  • Scholars who, on average, were 35 years of age, ranging in age from 25 to 45
  • A variety of issues are tackled by new institutional and movement leaders, including transforming government, expanding access to high-quality healthcare, environmental protection, fostering women’s rights and ending gender-based violence.

Nominating an Applicant
To tell us about the candidate you are nominating, please see the link below for a short form to fill out. An automatic email will be sent to the person you are nominating with the submission of this form to provide the candidate with more program details and an invitation to complete an online application. Please visit the program application page if you are interested in learning more about the eligibility criteria of the program or what the online application process entails.

Please be informed of the following:

  • Nominating a nominee does not increase their chances of being chosen for the program and their odds of being approved would not be improved with several nominations for the same candidate.
  • To apply, candidates do not have to be nominated.
  • If you know more than one applicant who meets the criteria for eligibility, you can complete this form more than once.
  • Do not appoint yourself please. Please complete and submit an application if you are interested in being accepted for the program. To learn more, visit our application page.
  • Those vying for public office are disqualified to apply during the program year.


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