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Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2021

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The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University is a full-time, fully-funded leadership development program that aims to bring together rising leaders from the United States and around the world who have demonstrated a pledge to find solutions regarding challenges in their societies, countries, and regions. Over the course of an academic year at Columbia University, Obama Foundation Scholars deepen their knowledge and skills and build new capacities and links to accelerate their influence in their home countries.

 

Upon end of the program, Obama Foundation Scholars, empowered by their skill, return to the regions where they have been employed and continue along a path of service.

Eligibilities

Eligibilities

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University looks for growing leaders from the United States and around the world who meet the following criteria:

 

  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “breakthrough moment” in their professions
  • Have an established proven obligation to management and service within a community, region or country, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their conclusion of the program and apply their boosted training, skills, and influences on a long-term basis for the interest of these communities
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written, and spoken)
  • Have the inclination and capability to completely shape the future of their community
  • Have a demonstrated obligation to humbleness, honesty, inclusivity, stewardship, courage, imagination, and cooperation

 

Applicants who are running campaigns for public office during the program term (between August 2021 and May 2022) do not meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the program, due to the Obama Foundation’s status as a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the United States.

Benefits

Benefits
  • Monthly salary to support with living expenditures in New York City
  • An equipped studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University, if the program is able to organize in person
  • All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University
  • Basic medical, dental and life coverage for the period of the program in New York City, if the program is able to assemble in person
  • Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities, if the program is able to organize in person

Program Venue

Program Venue
New York
Program Country
USA

Eligible Regions

Eligible Regions

All Regions

Eligible Countries

All Countries

Eligible Regions
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Eligible Countries

Eligible Countries
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Angola, Africa, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City (Holy See), Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Hungary, Cook Island, Congo (Republic)

Application Process

Application Process

Complete application, submitted entirely online, includes the following materials:

 

Complete online application form

 

Complete the online application form for the 2021-2022 Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University by February 5, 2021 at 5:00PM ET. Any submissions received after the deadline would not be considered.

 

Resume/curriculum vitae

 

The resume/curriculum vitae must be a sequential listing of your work and academic history, along with other important activities, including any publications, grants, or other accomplishments․

 

Personal video statement

 

The personal video statement should be a short video (not more than three minutes in length) introducing the candidate and their experience to the selection committee. Candidates 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. Extra 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 assist the selection committee in understanding candidate’s work, their inspiration and how the program fits into their career course. Candidates will have to submit their essay queries in the online application.

 

Proof of English proficiency

 

Candidates whose native language is not English are authorized to validate expertise in the English language by submitting scores from one of four exams: The internet-based or paper-based exams of the 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.

 

This obligation is waived for claimants who:

 

  • have finished an undergraduate degree – not a master’s or graduate degree – in a country where English is an official language;
  • have formerly taken the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or DET exams in the last five years and scored at or above the least requirement of 100 (TOEFL-IBT), 600 (TOEFL-PBT), 7.0 (IELTS), 68 (PTE Academic), or 120 (DET; 75 on the DET taken prior to July 2019). If candidates qualify for a waiver under this concession, they need to upload a scanned copy of their score report to the online application to make sure that their application is qualified for evaluation. If they didn’t score at or above the required minimum or no longer have a copy of their previous results, they must retake an English proficiency test.

 

Minimum Scores:

 

  • TOEFL – Internet-Based Exam: 100
  • TOEFL – Paper-Based Exam: 600
  • International English Language Testing System Academic: 7
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 68
  • Duolingo English Test: 120 (75 on the exam taken prior to July 2019)
  • Please note that while applicants who received scores below the posted minimums may still apply, applications are not guaranteed to be reviewed.

 

Two letters of recommendation

 

Two letters of recommendation are vital from persons who are familiar with the candidate and the candidate’s work in an academic, professional or community service setting. Recommendations should directly address the candidate’s appropriateness for admission to the Obama Foundation Scholars Program. Recommendations shouldn’t be written by family members or friends.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Since 2018, the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University has greeted:

 

  • 34 rising leaders from 29 countries who have committed themselves to find solutions to challenges in their societies, countries, and regions
  • Scholars who were, on average, 35 years of age, with ages ranging from 25 to 45
  • Developing institutional and movement leaders addressing a variety of challenges, including strengthening authority, growing access to high-quality healthcare, ecological sustainability, and endorsing women’s rights alongside halting gender-based violence

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Description

Description

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University is a full-time, fully-funded leadership development program that aims to bring together rising leaders from the United States and around the world who have demonstrated a pledge to find solutions regarding challenges in their societies, countries, and regions. Over the course of an academic year at Columbia University, Obama Foundation Scholars deepen their knowledge and skills and build new capacities and links to accelerate their influence in their home countries.

 

Upon end of the program, Obama Foundation Scholars, empowered by their skill, return to the regions where they have been employed and continue along a path of service.

Eligibilities

Eligibilities

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University looks for growing leaders from the United States and around the world who meet the following criteria:

 

  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “breakthrough moment” in their professions
  • Have an established proven obligation to management and service within a community, region or country, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their conclusion of the program and apply their boosted training, skills, and influences on a long-term basis for the interest of these communities
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written, and spoken)
  • Have the inclination and capability to completely shape the future of their community
  • Have a demonstrated obligation to humbleness, honesty, inclusivity, stewardship, courage, imagination, and cooperation

 

Applicants who are running campaigns for public office during the program term (between August 2021 and May 2022) do not meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the program, due to the Obama Foundation’s status as a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the United States.

Benefits

Benefits
  • Monthly salary to support with living expenditures in New York City
  • An equipped studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University, if the program is able to organize in person
  • All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University
  • Basic medical, dental and life coverage for the period of the program in New York City, if the program is able to assemble in person
  • Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities, if the program is able to organize in person

Program Venue

Program Venue
New York

Eligible Regions

Eligible Regions

All Regions

Eligible Countries

Eligible Countries

All Countries

Application Process

Application Process

Complete application, submitted entirely online, includes the following materials:

 

Complete online application form

 

Complete the online application form for the 2021-2022 Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University by February 5, 2021 at 5:00PM ET. Any submissions received after the deadline would not be considered.

 

Resume/curriculum vitae

 

The resume/curriculum vitae must be a sequential listing of your work and academic history, along with other important activities, including any publications, grants, or other accomplishments․

 

Personal video statement

 

The personal video statement should be a short video (not more than three minutes in length) introducing the candidate and their experience to the selection committee. Candidates 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. Extra 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 assist the selection committee in understanding candidate’s work, their inspiration and how the program fits into their career course. Candidates will have to submit their essay queries in the online application.

 

Proof of English proficiency

 

Candidates whose native language is not English are authorized to validate expertise in the English language by submitting scores from one of four exams: The internet-based or paper-based exams of the 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.

 

This obligation is waived for claimants who:

 

  • have finished an undergraduate degree – not a master’s or graduate degree – in a country where English is an official language;
  • have formerly taken the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or DET exams in the last five years and scored at or above the least requirement of 100 (TOEFL-IBT), 600 (TOEFL-PBT), 7.0 (IELTS), 68 (PTE Academic), or 120 (DET; 75 on the DET taken prior to July 2019). If candidates qualify for a waiver under this concession, they need to upload a scanned copy of their score report to the online application to make sure that their application is qualified for evaluation. If they didn’t score at or above the required minimum or no longer have a copy of their previous results, they must retake an English proficiency test.

 

Minimum Scores:

 

  • TOEFL – Internet-Based Exam: 100
  • TOEFL – Paper-Based Exam: 600
  • International English Language Testing System Academic: 7
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 68
  • Duolingo English Test: 120 (75 on the exam taken prior to July 2019)
  • Please note that while applicants who received scores below the posted minimums may still apply, applications are not guaranteed to be reviewed.

 

Two letters of recommendation

 

Two letters of recommendation are vital from persons who are familiar with the candidate and the candidate’s work in an academic, professional or community service setting. Recommendations should directly address the candidate’s appropriateness for admission to the Obama Foundation Scholars Program. Recommendations shouldn’t be written by family members or friends.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Since 2018, the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University has greeted:

 

  • 34 rising leaders from 29 countries who have committed themselves to find solutions to challenges in their societies, countries, and regions
  • Scholars who were, on average, 35 years of age, with ages ranging from 25 to 45
  • Developing institutional and movement leaders addressing a variety of challenges, including strengthening authority, growing access to high-quality healthcare, ecological sustainability, and endorsing women’s rights alongside halting gender-based violence

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Description

Description

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University is a full-time, fully-funded leadership development program that aims to bring together rising leaders from the United States and around the world who have demonstrated a pledge to find solutions regarding challenges in their societies, countries, and regions. Over the course of an academic year at Columbia University, Obama Foundation Scholars deepen their knowledge and skills and build new capacities and links to accelerate their influence in their home countries.

 

Upon end of the program, Obama Foundation Scholars, empowered by their skill, return to the regions where they have been employed and continue along a path of service.

Eligibilities

Eligibilities

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University looks for growing leaders from the United States and around the world who meet the following criteria:

 

  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “breakthrough moment” in their professions
  • Have an established proven obligation to management and service within a community, region or country, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their conclusion of the program and apply their boosted training, skills, and influences on a long-term basis for the interest of these communities
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written, and spoken)
  • Have the inclination and capability to completely shape the future of their community
  • Have a demonstrated obligation to humbleness, honesty, inclusivity, stewardship, courage, imagination, and cooperation

 

Applicants who are running campaigns for public office during the program term (between August 2021 and May 2022) do not meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the program, due to the Obama Foundation’s status as a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the United States.

Benefits

Benefits
  • Monthly salary to support with living expenditures in New York City
  • An equipped studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University, if the program is able to organize in person
  • All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University
  • Basic medical, dental and life coverage for the period of the program in New York City, if the program is able to assemble in person
  • Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities, if the program is able to organize in person

Program Venue

Program Venue
New York

Eligible Regions

Eligible Regions

All Regions

Eligible Countries

Eligible Countries

All Countries

Application Process

Application Process

Complete application, submitted entirely online, includes the following materials:

 

Complete online application form

 

Complete the online application form for the 2021-2022 Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University by February 5, 2021 at 5:00PM ET. Any submissions received after the deadline would not be considered.

 

Resume/curriculum vitae

 

The resume/curriculum vitae must be a sequential listing of your work and academic history, along with other important activities, including any publications, grants, or other accomplishments․

 

Personal video statement

 

The personal video statement should be a short video (not more than three minutes in length) introducing the candidate and their experience to the selection committee. Candidates 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. Extra 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 assist the selection committee in understanding candidate’s work, their inspiration and how the program fits into their career course. Candidates will have to submit their essay queries in the online application.

 

Proof of English proficiency

 

Candidates whose native language is not English are authorized to validate expertise in the English language by submitting scores from one of four exams: The internet-based or paper-based exams of the 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.

 

This obligation is waived for claimants who:

 

  • have finished an undergraduate degree – not a master’s or graduate degree – in a country where English is an official language;
  • have formerly taken the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or DET exams in the last five years and scored at or above the least requirement of 100 (TOEFL-IBT), 600 (TOEFL-PBT), 7.0 (IELTS), 68 (PTE Academic), or 120 (DET; 75 on the DET taken prior to July 2019). If candidates qualify for a waiver under this concession, they need to upload a scanned copy of their score report to the online application to make sure that their application is qualified for evaluation. If they didn’t score at or above the required minimum or no longer have a copy of their previous results, they must retake an English proficiency test.

 

Minimum Scores:

 

  • TOEFL – Internet-Based Exam: 100
  • TOEFL – Paper-Based Exam: 600
  • International English Language Testing System Academic: 7
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 68
  • Duolingo English Test: 120 (75 on the exam taken prior to July 2019)
  • Please note that while applicants who received scores below the posted minimums may still apply, applications are not guaranteed to be reviewed.

 

Two letters of recommendation

 

Two letters of recommendation are vital from persons who are familiar with the candidate and the candidate’s work in an academic, professional or community service setting. Recommendations should directly address the candidate’s appropriateness for admission to the Obama Foundation Scholars Program. Recommendations shouldn’t be written by family members or friends.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Since 2018, the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University has greeted:

 

  • 34 rising leaders from 29 countries who have committed themselves to find solutions to challenges in their societies, countries, and regions
  • Scholars who were, on average, 35 years of age, with ages ranging from 25 to 45
  • Developing institutional and movement leaders addressing a variety of challenges, including strengthening authority, growing access to high-quality healthcare, ecological sustainability, and endorsing women’s rights alongside halting gender-based violence

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The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University is a full-time, fully-funded leadership development program that aims to bring together rising leaders from the United States and around the world who have demonstrated a pledge to find solutions regarding challenges in their societies, countries, and regions. Over the course of an academic year at Columbia University, Obama Foundation Scholars deepen their knowledge and skills and build new capacities and links to accelerate their influence in their home countries.

 

Upon end of the program, Obama Foundation Scholars, empowered by their skill, return to the regions where they have been employed and continue along a path of service.

BENIFITS

  • Monthly salary to support with living expenditures in New York City
  • An equipped studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University, if the program is able to organize in person
  • All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University
  • Basic medical, dental and life coverage for the period of the program in New York City, if the program is able to assemble in person
  • Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities, if the program is able to organize in person

Eligibilities

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University looks for growing leaders from the United States and around the world who meet the following criteria:

 

  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “breakthrough moment” in their professions
  • Have an established proven obligation to management and service within a community, region or country, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their conclusion of the program and apply their boosted training, skills, and influences on a long-term basis for the interest of these communities
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written, and spoken)
  • Have the inclination and capability to completely shape the future of their community
  • Have a demonstrated obligation to humbleness, honesty, inclusivity, stewardship, courage, imagination, and cooperation

 

Applicants who are running campaigns for public office during the program term (between August 2021 and May 2022) do not meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the program, due to the Obama Foundation’s status as a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the United States.

For Further Queries:

For more queries, email at columbiaworldprojects@columbia.edu

Eligible Regions:

Program Venue:

It will be held in New York.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Complete application, submitted entirely online, includes the following materials:

 

Complete online application form

 

Complete the online application form for the 2021-2022 Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University by February 5, 2021 at 5:00PM ET. Any submissions received after the deadline would not be considered.

 

Resume/curriculum vitae

 

The resume/curriculum vitae must be a sequential listing of your work and academic history, along with other important activities, including any publications, grants, or other accomplishments․

 

Personal video statement

 

The personal video statement should be a short video (not more than three minutes in length) introducing the candidate and their experience to the selection committee. Candidates 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. Extra 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 assist the selection committee in understanding candidate’s work, their inspiration and how the program fits into their career course. Candidates will have to submit their essay queries in the online application.

 

Proof of English proficiency

 

Candidates whose native language is not English are authorized to validate expertise in the English language by submitting scores from one of four exams: The internet-based or paper-based exams of the 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.

 

This obligation is waived for claimants who:

 

  • have finished an undergraduate degree – not a master’s or graduate degree – in a country where English is an official language;
  • have formerly taken the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or DET exams in the last five years and scored at or above the least requirement of 100 (TOEFL-IBT), 600 (TOEFL-PBT), 7.0 (IELTS), 68 (PTE Academic), or 120 (DET; 75 on the DET taken prior to July 2019). If candidates qualify for a waiver under this concession, they need to upload a scanned copy of their score report to the online application to make sure that their application is qualified for evaluation. If they didn’t score at or above the required minimum or no longer have a copy of their previous results, they must retake an English proficiency test.

 

Minimum Scores:

 

  • TOEFL – Internet-Based Exam: 100
  • TOEFL – Paper-Based Exam: 600
  • International English Language Testing System Academic: 7
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 68
  • Duolingo English Test: 120 (75 on the exam taken prior to July 2019)
  • Please note that while applicants who received scores below the posted minimums may still apply, applications are not guaranteed to be reviewed.

 

Two letters of recommendation

 

Two letters of recommendation are vital from persons who are familiar with the candidate and the candidate’s work in an academic, professional or community service setting. Recommendations should directly address the candidate’s appropriateness for admission to the Obama Foundation Scholars Program. Recommendations shouldn’t be written by family members or friends.

 

Applications will be closed at:
February 5, 2021
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