Deadline: December 12, 2023 17:00 EST| Apply here
Eligibility: rising leaders from the United States and around the world
Location: New York, the United States
Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2024
The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University 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 and countries.
Apply to learn from some of the world’s most innovative leaders and build connections with the Obama Foundation and Columbia University.
Join a robust, immersive program that includes networking, guidance from Columbia faculty advisers, and values-based leadership development, among other activities:
- A Weekly Seminar that runs the length of the academic year, exploring questions in tandem with key global trends, including inequality, technological developments, the diffusion of power, population movements, and climate change.
- Personal and Professional Development Workshops designed to strengthen practical skills to enhance Scholars’ ability to lead. Previous workshop topics include conflict management and resolution, public speaking, data analysis and interpretation, and resilience.
- An Experiential Learning component that engages Scholars in the work of Columbia World Projects.
- Audited Coursework that provides Scholars with the flexibility to select and enroll in up to two graduate level courses each semester at Columbia.
- A Thought Leadership Speaker Series that introduces Scholars to seasoned practitioners from the NGO community, philanthropy, government, and international organizations to expand Scholars’ networks and perspectives to help advance their work.
- Partnership with a Columbia faculty adviser selected for their subject matter expertise to provide Scholars with new insights and perspectives to inform Scholars’ work.
- Meaningful opportunities for Scholars to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus and gain exposure to different perspectives by engaging with the Columbia University community.
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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.
The purpose of the program is to help Obama Foundation Scholars take the connections and skills they acquire during the program and apply them for the benefit of their communities, countries, and regions.
Interested in applying for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2024? Register your participation by following the application link and taking the suggested steps.