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2022-2023 Obama Foundation Scholars Program - application deadline: 22-Dec-21

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted November 20, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on December 21, 2021
Obama Foundation Scholars Program poster
Obama Foundation Scholars Program poster

Columbia World Projects is accepting nominations for the 2022–2023 Obama Foundation Scholars Program.

The Obama Foundation Scholars program is a full-time program, running for the duration of the academic year from August through May.

Prior to arriving in New York, Scholars will be asked to take part in some online activities, though these are not full-time commitments.

Scholars will be expected to engage in various activities led by the Obama Foundation throughout the year.

Upon returning to the countries and regions where they work at the conclusion of the program, Scholars will play a role in the broader international Obama Foundation network and participate in Obama Foundation activities.

Scholars will not be permitted to continue their current job during their participation in the program. This is a full-time program in which active and engaged participation is key to creating a meaningful experience.

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The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University seeks rising leaders from the United States and around the world who meet the following criteria:
1. Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “breakthrough moment” in their careers;
2. Have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, region or country, 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
3. Are fluent in English (verbal, written and spoken);
4. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting scores from one of four eligible exams;
5. Have the ability and inclination to positively shape the future of their community;
6. Have a demonstrated commitment to inclusivity, community-orientation, hope, courage, imagination, strategy, accountability, integrity and resilience.

Scholar Benefits:
a) Monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in New York City;
b) A furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University, if the program is able to convene in person;
c) All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University;
d) Basic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program in New York City, if the program is able to convene in person;
e) Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities, if the program is able to convene in person.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2022-2023 Obama Foundation Scholars Program is December 22 at 5PM ET.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 20
Nov 20

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• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, letters of recommendation, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one.
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well.
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e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting.
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.
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Best regards,

Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Nov 22
Nov 22

This sounds great. Thanks for sharing, Ana.