Applications are presently being accepted for the Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students in the United States for the 2021/2022 school year.
The United Nations (UN) reckons that over 70 million individuals are presently living as refugees or asylum-seekers. Or have been internally dislodged because of wars and natural disasters – the biggest such population in human record. A substantial number of these persons have had their education disrupted, severely affecting their prospect for future success.
Therefore, the Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students (CUSDS) is an effort to tackle this extraordinary humanitarian and economic loss. This it implements by offering displaced students with the chance to seek higher education at Columbia University, one of the foremost educational institutions globally.
As the first-ever Columbia-wide scholarship award, and the world’s first scholarship program of its kind, this award program will devote up to $6 million in support, per cycle, for up to 30 students annually. Mentoring and support will also be offered by the scholarship award, and also by schools and student groups at Columbia.
The Scholarship award supports displaced scholars from anywhere globally who are not able to finish their tertiary education. These candidates will obtain full tuition, accommodation, and living allowance while seeking undergraduate or graduate degree programs across all 18 Columbia schools and associates, reflecting Columbia’s full institutional devotion to addressing this international crisis. As the first-ever Columbia-wide scholarship award, and the world’s first scholarship program of its kind, this award program will devote up to $6 million in support, per cycle, for up to 30 students annually. Mentoring and support will also be offered by the scholarship award, and also by schools and student groups at Columbia.
The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students aims to shift the international discourse surrounding displaced people, from one that sees them as a burden to one that acknowledges them as crucial contributors to worldwide innovation and prosperity. Presently, there is no initiative like this at any school worldwide, in the face of the obvious desire for education on the part of these displaced scholar populations. The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students plans to be a leader in filling this persistent humanitarian need and will hopefully inspire other schools to follow suit.
Worth of Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students
The scholarship award comes with
- Full tuition
- Plus student’s accommodation and living costs, for the number of terms required to finish the student’s degree program.
Eligibility for Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students
This scholarship award program is for
- Foreign citizens with refugee standing residing anywhere in the world, or
- Who have gotten US asylum or handed in a US asylum application,
- Are in the United States under Temporary Protected Status, or
- Are Internally Displaced Persons.
- US permanent residents (green card holders, national, etc.) are not qualified for the scholarship award.
- There are no age limits on the scholarship award.
How to Apply for Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students
- Apply straight to a Columbia degree program and be admitted, IN ADDITION TO filling out the scholarship award application form.
- Fill out and submit their online application prior to handing in the scholarship form.
- Once the candidate creates their online Columbia degree application, they will get an application ID/reference number via their Columbia school’s corresponding application system. This has to be entered in the scholarship award application form.
- Be aware that every school and program has its own acceptance criteria and application closing dates. However, acceptance to an academic program DOES NOT assure funding via the scholarship award (candidates may be admitted to an academic program but not get funding through the scholarship program).
- Candidates will only be assessed for the scholarship award if they are granted admission to the degree program for which they have put in. They in turn will be notified regarding the scholarship award only after program admissions decisions are made.
The closing date for the application varies.
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