Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2023-2024 to Study in USA (Now Open)

Application portal is now open for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2023-2024, fully funded to study in USA. The program which is an initiative of the University of Columbia through Columbia World Projects targeted young and energetic people across the globe who can take up the challenge of studying at Columbia University and in return contribute to the development of their communities.

The program is a full-time, fully-funded leadership development program that brings together rising leaders from the United States and around the world who demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to challenges in their communities, countries and regions.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Columbia.

Scholarships to be taken at: University of Columbia, New York City.

Scholarship Type: Full funding.

Scholarship Worth: full cost of program, return airfare and monthly stipends

Slots: Several Scholarships available.

Study Level: All Courses.

Nationality: Students worldwide.


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Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2023-2024| DETAILS

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program brings together rising leaders from 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 will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills and to build new capacities and networks that will accelerate their impact in their home countries.


Eligibility Requirements

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University seeks rising leaders from around the world who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, region or country outside the United States, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their completion of the program and apply their enhanced training, skills and connections on a long-term basis for the benefit of these communities
  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “tipping point” in their careers
  • Have the ability and inclination to positively shape the future of their community
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to humility, integrity, inclusivity, stewardship, fearlessness, imagination and teamwork
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written and spoken)
  • English Language Requirement: Candidates who are from countries where the English language is not used as official language may need to provide proof of language ability by means of 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. Also see official webpage for further language requirement details. This requirement is waived for certain categories of applicants, including those who have completed a bachelor degree program in an English speaking country

Scholarship Program Benefits

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program comes with the following benefits for the scholars including Monthly stipend for living expenses in New York City, a furnished studio apartment, all tuition and fees, Basic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program, Air travel to and from home country and Leadership development programming.


Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: To apply for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2023-2024, applicants are to: complete the online application form and submit the following materials:

  • Resume/curriculum vitae: The resume/curriculum vitae should be a chronological listing of your employment and academic history, and other significant activities, including any awards, publications, or other achievements․
  • Personal video statement: The personal video statement should be a short video (no longer than five minutes in length) introducing the applicant and their work to the selection committee. Applicants 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. Additional 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 help the selection committee understand the applicant’s work, their motivation and how the program fits into their career trajectory. Applicants will submit their essay questions in the online application.

Application DeadlineJanuary 19, 2023 at 5PM ET.

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  1. I will be very grateful if l am considered because I am very bright academically ..I am a first year student at NUST Namibia doing Chattered Accounting and struggling to pay fees ..Was raised by a single mother who is currently not doing very financially my father died a long time ago ..so please consider me in your program

  2. Very interesting i would like to join the program I am from Senegal, my name is Maimouna Coly and I am student At the department of English I am specialized in linguistics

  3. Hello! I am BENIGNO S. LEGUA JR. of Tarangnan Samar, Philippines.

    It is my honor to become a scholar of Obama Foundation Scholar Program. To pursue my Master’s Degree specializing in Plant Breeding from a well known university. It is a great opportunity to be part of it.

    Thank you.

    • Does it provide for Academic degrees too? I thought it is only a leadership program and provides a certificate. I wanted to do Entomology. Do I apply?

  4. I will be glad when I am accepted as for of the scholars for Obama Foundation Scholarship…. I pray for consideration on my application. I am from Liberia, West Africa.

  5. Iam a Kenyan youth leader in the local community and thanks for such an opportunity. I’m looking forward to being selected and considered for this scholarship that will help me enhance my leadership skills for better delivery of leadership to the community.

  6. Sure am thankful for such opportunity like this, and thanks to Barack Obama for this wonderful opportunity for helping those who couldn’t afford to finance their school fees. Well I’d love to be a beneficiary on this big deal. Thank you

  7. I’m interested to learn abroad and online and may the almighty God help us to get the chance and i’m proud to apply for this scholarship because it’s honored by the best president of america barack hussien obama.

  8. I m a malian student and these opportunuties are rare so it will be a great pleasure to post my request for scholarship.

  9. i am very excited about to hear of Obama Foundation Scholarship. I wish I could be pick for study there inorder to change the new generation to the best

  10. Hi,
    So delighted to see such opportunity.
    I am from Nigeria and will love to further my studies on cancer biology and immunology.
    Will be pleased if granted a scholarship to achieve my goal and help me grow in my career.

  11. I am Natural resource economics and policy graduate and want to learn PhD on the same field? Is it avilaible?

  12. I’m Darlington Prince Nyemah Sebo, I am from Liberia. I have seen this through Facebook, and I am very much interested in this scholarship. I pray that I can qualify for this scholarship, so that I can positively give back to the society. Thanks very much.

  13. I am Ruth Soren from Bangladesh and I read in Honors Third year in Dhaka University under seven college name of Budrunnesa girls College. I want to scholarship from Obama foundation .so i hope so that I can be get this scholarship for study.

  14. Hi!
    What an interesting opportunity!
    This is my first time to hear from this program and I find it of a great necessity, overall for young African leaders that we are.
    Obviously I am interested and therefore, am willing to apply. Yet, I have a concern: I do not have neither a TOEFEL nor an IELTS certificate. However, I speak, write, read and listen English fluently. I even study courses in English under some circumstances.
    Thank you giving me a feedback about my concern and my chances to be able to apply.
    Best regards!

  15. I really want to enroll in this program, but my English language is not good. Are there solutions to this problem?

  16. Im Chantel from Zimbabwe. I’m interested in studying Information and Technology.
    kindly looking forward to a favourable reply

  17. I, Ekezie Augustine Tochukwu is very happy today to discover the treasure that lies in Obama’s Family. I am from Nigeria. I thank God almighty for giving this family that they will see the need to give less fortunate people the opportunity to discover their potentials and who they are in order to contribute the the economic and political development of their country. I am very interested in becoming a beneficiary to this scholarship.

  18. On behalf of my daughter Princess Eddnes desperate to find a support for scholarship to pursue a MED course ( Medicine) . She is American , and graduated out from America .
    Can she be qualify . As a mother will not have funds to achieve to pay for the fees on 5his stage ..

    Expecting Hering from you
    My greetings to the Honorable President Barack Obama and His adorable wife Dr. Michele Obama

    With respect ,

    Eddnes Lourdes
    The mother

    • Your daughter is qualified to apply if she currently stays outside the US. We also hope Mr Obama will hear your greetings

  19. I first of all want to appreciate the father and mother and his entire team for this opportunity. Mr. Obama’s family.
    For giving less fortunate people the opportunity to learn and become some one in society.
    I am a Liberian I am interested in becoming part of this scholarship I prayed to be accepted.

  20. I am very happy to meet this opportunity,am musasizi George williams from uganda persuing a bachelor in business administration at makerere university bt with lack of funds,i will be happy when given a chance as a ugandan in america

    • Have been looking for such a rare opportunity to study in USA.
      Hope to get a chance to complete my undergraduate course there.

  21. Hello, I’m Akot Sharon from Uganda. I’m glad to find out about Obama foundation scholarship. I really need this scholarship and continue with my education and help my community especially the girls who are under looked by the male gender in the society. God help us get this opportunity. Thanks

  22. Hullo I highly appreciet your efforts towards building the globe academically, I believe even God would opt for this. Given a chance I would like to contribute to my community through political science

  23. I am Emmanuel Sannoh from Freetown Sierra Leone, west Africa. I am very much interested to study and I want to be part of it

  24. Dear Sir
    I am a Tanzanian lady who living Morogoro Tanzania
    Am very interested in OFS (Obama Foundation Scholarship
    Want to take Masters in environment management
    Let me know more procedures t
    Thank you
    Jane amlangwa

  25. My name is Winnie an African from Uganda, I am an aspiring social worker, I am an advocate against sexual abuse and child marriage and I am generally a humanitarian. I am happy to have discovered about Obama Foundation Scholars Program and I kindly need a chance to study in new York, if there is any chance for I am gladly embracing it! Thank you for the opportunities granted to the international community.

  26. Good morning my name is PARFAIT,I’m geologist from a french country but I can speak English better.
    I need to apply to this opportunity in Management or leadership, in case to lead people in my rich country the democratic republic of Congo but still poor for lack of leaders.

  27. A rare opportunity i have been searching for. I am Godwin Akam from Nigeria, it is my utmost desire to further my studies so as to use it and impart and influence my country positively. I am a graduate of Genetics and Biotechnology discipline, having obtained B.Sc in this discipline, I wish to further my studies in INDUSTRIAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY in my M.sc. the course is not tought or common in the Nigerian Universities.

    • Hello Godwin, visit the official website and follow the instructions provided if you meet the eligibility criteria. Best regards

  28. I am interested. I work as dispute resolution practitioner. My office resolve dispute between individuals, communities, land matters, matrimonial causes, employment matters, recovery etc.

  29. i want to study in education faculty ,,, i am from Rwanda ,, am crying i have no passport but i really want to study and finish up before its too late . please help me

  30. Hello, I am Adam Ali from Nigeria i am a pharmacist. It is a pleasure to come across this initiative. I want to study medicine. I will be glad if am given the opportunity. Thanks

  31. hello sir my name is Diop Abdoulaye of Senegalese nationality I ask you to continue but higher studies at the breasts of your university which gave me away from the first instants

  32. I am Lawyer in Bangladesh having LL.M thoroughly English version but want to Phd in International Law and policy. May I get opportunity?

  33. Hello am Titus Wanjohi from Kenya and its a great honour to come across this wonderful programme of brightening students future.I am a student persuing BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP its a degree programme hear in kenya i humbly request to continue with my studies in the USA and i will be much previlaged thank you 🙏

    • My name is Neba Elvige from Cameroon. I really need a scholarship so I can have my diploma in psychology. Bringing this great opportunity it’s really a privilege for me. And being a teacher I think I will be more useful to my country’s educational system.. thanks

  34. Hi I’m David Fannieh from West Africa Liberia,
    It is a pleasure to come across this great programme.
    I want to fowered my education in the United states, I’m a student of Electrical Engineering i has a diploma in it.
    Please i will be so glad if you accept me.
    May the God bless you.

      • Hi, am Masia Kamara from Sierra Leone, West Africa.

        I am very happy to come across this opportunity you are offering to people world wide.
        I am a teacher and I have longed to further my education at the Masters level so that I can be more useful to the Education system of my country
        I will be very grateful if given the opportunity

    • Am Naluwooza Winnie from Uganda.
      Really excited to hear about this. Am a doctor. I strongly believe transformational leadership with integrity would improve the medical practice in my country, improve health and definitely other sectors too. Thus making the world a better place all together. Will be grateful for the opportunity.

  35. Am so glad that you guys are transforming lives the students for them to be come better leaders and role model in the society And in enter world ,,, good job keep it up

    • Helo!!!! I just wish Simeon replies me!!!! My name is Esther Keji from south Sudan, I had always wished to furthermore my studies so as to help my people and community, please am really indeed of this scholarship.

    • I am interested. I wish to do Ph.D. in physics.Your consideration for the full scholarship is greatly appreciated.

  36. Hello am elizabeth from a humble background i got talent am soccer lady i love sport in general kindly am requesting if i can get this chance of obama foundation i will contribute to community through study

    • Iam Rosemary from Uganda and I am a teacher by profession, can I get a scholarship from Obama Foundation and I help my community?

  37. Goodmorning.
    I’m happy to discover Obama Foundation scholarship.when I get this opportunity I will contribute in the challenge of Education in my country Mali.

    • am edward Mwape from zambia and am very much excited to hear that there was s Obama foundation scholarships, hoping that am picked so that I can be able to contribute on our society thanks

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