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Obama Foundation invites emerging leaders for fully funded residency at Columbia University



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The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University invites emerging leaders from both the United States and around the world, for a fully funded 9-month residency in Columbia.

The aim of the program is for emerging leaders who have demonstrated a strong commitment to addressing challenges within their respective communities and nations.

The residency allows them to deepen their knowledge and skills while establishing new capacities and networks that will facilitate the acceleration of their impact

ThePressNG learns that these Scholars will embark on a residency on the Columbia University campus within the framework of Columbia World Projects.

It also involves a monthly stipend, a furnished studio apartment, tuition and fees for four courses at Columbia University, medical insurance, and others.

According to the program organizers, the scholars will engage in an immersive program that combines elements of academic study, skills development, and experiential learning, designed by Columbia University in collaboration with the Obama Foundation. Key elements of the program include:

A Weekly Seminar that spans the entire academic year, delving into topics that align with critical global trends, such as inequality, technological advancements, power dynamics, population shifts, and climate change.

Personal and Professional Development Workshops designed to bolster practical skills that enhance Scholars’ leadership abilities.

Past workshop subjects encompass conflict management and resolution, public speaking, data analysis, interpretation, and resilience.

An Experiential Learning component that actively involves Scholars in the initiatives of Columbia World Projects.

Audited Coursework, allowing Scholars the flexibility to select and enrol in up to two graduate-level courses each semester at Columbia.

A Thought Leadership Speaker Series that introduces Scholars to experienced practitioners in fields such as the NGO community, philanthropy, government, and international organizations.

This expands Scholars’ networks and perspectives, facilitating the advancement of their work.

A partnership with a Columbia faculty adviser chosen for their expertise in a specific subject area, offering fresh insights and perspectives to inform the Scholars’ work.

Meaningful opportunities for Scholars to contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of the campus and gain exposure to diverse viewpoints by actively engaging with the Columbia University community.

Throughout the program, Scholars participate in a comprehensive, immersive experience that includes networking, guidance from Columbia faculty advisers, and the development of values-based leadership skills, among other activities.

These experiences enable the Scholars to learn from some of the world’s most innovative leaders and establish connections with both the Obama Foundation and Columbia University.

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University aims to identify emerging leaders from the United States and across the globe who meet the following criteria:

Are emerging leaders who have already made significant contributions to their respective fields and are currently at a pivotal “breakthrough moment” in their careers.

Have a proven track record of commitment to service and leadership within a community, region, or country, along with a demonstrated dedication to returning to these communities after completing the program.

They are committed to applying their enhanced training, skills, and connections on a long-term basis to benefit these communities.

They possess fluency in English, including proficiency in verbal, written, and spoken communication.

They have both the ability and the inclination to play a positive role in shaping the future of their community.

They exhibit a clear and demonstrated commitment to values such as inclusivity, community-centeredness, hope, courage, imagination, strategic thinking, accountability, integrity, and resilience.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not yet enrolled at Columbia University. This fellowship is a full-time, residential program at Columbia and cannot be pursued concurrently with a degree program.