Obama Foundation Program for Leaders Development at Columbia University in USA

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The application for the 2020-2021 Obama Foundation Scholars Program is now open. The Program is held at Columbia University to bring together rising leaders from around the world who have demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to challenges in their communities, countries, and regions. The Program aims to deepen the leaders' knowledge and skills and to build new capacities and networks that will accelerate their impact in their home countries.


  1. 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.
  2. Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “tipping point” in their careers.
  3. Are fluent in English (verbal, written and spoken).
  4. Have the ability and inclination to positively shape the future of their community.
  5. Have a demonstrated commitment to humility, integrity, inclusivity, stewardship, fearlessness, imagination and teamwork.


  1. Monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in New York City.
  2. A furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University.
  3. All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University.
  4. Basic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program.
  5. Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities.
  6. Leadership development programming led by the Obama Foundation that will help Scholars gain real-world skills, tools, and experiences to expand the impact of their work when they return home. 

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Social Sciences, International Relations

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Anyone Interested
Full funding
Opportunity Coverage
Tuition fee, Travel costs, Accommodation, Stipend/ Living allowance
Opportunity will take place in
United States
Required Documents
CV, Language Certificate, Recommendation Letter, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
All Specialties
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
Required Languages
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