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2024-2025 Obama Foundation Scholars Program: Empowering Rising Leaders Worldwide

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University, a part of Columbia World Projects and Columbia Global, has officially opened its application for the seventh cohort. This program invites emerging leaders from around the world to participate in a transformative nine-month immersive experience, offering academic, skill-based, and experiential learning opportunities.

Application Details and Deadline

The application for the 2024-2025 program, which spans from summer 2024 to spring 2025, is currently open. The application deadline is December 12, 2023, at 5 p.m. EST. Aspiring leaders from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Empowering Global Leaders

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University brings together rising leaders who have already made significant contributions to their communities and regions. This program aims to further empower them to tackle challenges through knowledge, skills, and networks.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, applicants should:

  • Be emerging leaders at a “breakthrough moment” in their careers.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to service and leadership.
  • Have a proven dedication to their communities.
  • Be fluent in English (verbal, written, and spoken).
  • Have a strong inclination to shape the future of their community.
  • Prioritize inclusivity, hope, courage, and resilience.

Application Requirements

A complete application includes:

  • Online application form.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae.
  • Personal video statement (up to three minutes).
  • Responses to short essay questions.
  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Scholar Benefits

Selected scholars will receive a range of benefits, including:

  • Monthly stipend to support living expenses in New York City.
  • Furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University.
  • Coverage of tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University.
  • Basic medical, dental, and life insurance during the program.
  • Air travel to and from their home country and program-related activities.

Join a diverse cohort of leaders and make a positive impact in your community and beyond. APPLY NOW!