Obama foundation Scholar program

The 2020 cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars meet with non profits, community leaders, tour the neighborhood of North Lawndale, and participate in a community service project with My Block My Hood My City in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Please credit ÒThe Obama Foundation.Ó The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the FoundationÕs prior written consent.

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University is a full-time, fully-funded leadership development program that brings together rising leaders from the United States and 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 at Columbia University, Obama Foundation Scholars deepen their knowledge and skills and build new capacities and networks to accelerate their impact in their home countries.

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

Eligibility Requirements

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University seeks rising leaders from the United States and around the world.

See eligibility criteria here.