Applicants must have made a meaningful contribution to their field and are fluent in English. Applicants are not required to hold an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Scholars are provided a monthly stipend, a finished studio apartment, tuition wavier for four courses, and basic medical insurance.
The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University brings together rising leaders from the United States and 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 have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills and to build new capacities and networks that accelerate their impact in their home countries.
Scholars participate in an immersive program that brings together academic, skills-based and experiential learning, designed by Columbia University in consultation with the Obama Foundation. Key components of the program include: a weekly seminar, personal and professional development workshops, experiential learning, audited coursework, thought leadership speaker series, and partnership with a Columbia University faculty advisor. This is a full-time program running from August through May.