Columbia University opens applications for the 2021-2022 Obama Foundation Scholars Program

A cohort of Columbia University Obama Foundation Scholars Program. Photo:

The prestigious Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University which is a part of Columbia World Projects, just opened up applications for its fourth cohort of scholars “inviting rising leaders from the U.S. and around the world to apply to participate in a year-long immersive program of academic, skill-based and experiential learning.”

“Even in this unprecedented year of remote work and learning, our Scholars have enriched Columbia World Projects and the broader university community,”  Lisa Dolberry Hancock, Columbia World Projects’ Fellowship Director is quoted saying on the press release available on

“We’re thrilled to receive applications to select our fourth cohort of Scholars and, for the first time, extend an invitation to U.S. citizens and residents to apply,” Dolberry Hancock added.

Information on how to apply for the 2021-2022 program, which runs from summer 2021 until spring 2022, is available here.

Information on how to nominate a candidate is available

Scholars can also be nominated at

The application will remain open until February 5, 2021.

Applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to challenges in their communities, countries and regions are best qualified for consideration in this program.

According to Columbia University, over the course of an academic year, the Obama Foundation Scholars have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills and build new capacities and networks that accel­­erate their impact in their home countries.

Current and previous scholars hail from around the world and are accomplished practitioners in a range of fields including education, community and civic engagement, and sustainable development, the press release says.



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