Scholarship Overview

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program for the year 2024-2025 is now open for applications, offering a fully-funded opportunity to study in the USA. This prestigious program, initiated by the University of Columbia through Columbia World Projects, is aimed at attracting ambitious and dedicated individuals from all corners of the world. The selected scholars will have the privilege to study at Columbia University and, in return, contribute to the development of their respective communities.

Host Institution(s)

The scholarship is hosted by the University of Columbia, located in the vibrant city of New York. Columbia University is renowned for its academic excellence and provides an ideal environment for scholars to pursue their studies and personal growth.


The Obama Foundation Scholars Program welcomes applicants from all academic disciplines and levels. Whether you are interested in the arts, sciences, social sciences, or any other field, this scholarship program offers an opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills.

Scholarship Value

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program offers a comprehensive package of benefits to its recipients, including:

  1. Monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in New York City.
  2. A furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University.
  3. Full coverage of tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University.
  4. Basic medical, dental, and life insurance throughout the program in New York City.
  5. Air travel to and from your home country and any program-related activities.


To be eligible for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to service and leadership in a community, region, or country outside the United States, along with a strong dedication to returning to these communities to apply their enhanced training and skills for their long-term benefit.
  2. Emerging leaders who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and are at a pivotal moment in their careers.
  3. Ability and inclination to shape a positive future for their community.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to values such as humility, integrity, inclusivity, stewardship, fearlessness, imagination, and teamwork.
  5. Proficiency in the English language, including verbal, written, and spoken communication.

Application Instructions

To apply for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program for the 2024-2025 academic year, follow these instructions:

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Submit the following materials:
    • Resume/curriculum vitae: Provide a chronological listing of your employment and academic history, along with any awards, publications, or other significant achievements.
    • Personal video statement: Create a short video (up to five minutes) introducing yourself and your work to the selection committee. Upload the video to a video hosting service like YouTube or Vimeo and include the link in your online application.
    • Responses to short essay questions: Answer the provided short essay questions to help the selection committee understand your work, motivation, and how the program aligns with your career goals.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2023, at 5PM ET.

For more information and to access the official application, please visit the official website of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to further your education and make a positive impact on your community and the world.