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Call for applications for the Columbia University Scholarship in the USA 2020. The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students (CUSDS) is an effort to combat this unprecedented humanitarian and economic loss by providing displaced students with the opportunity to pursue higher education at Columbia University, one of the leading educational institutions in the world. 

The scholarship will cover full tuition, housing, and living assistance while pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees across all 18 Columbia schools and affiliates. It is a great chance for students to study in USA on scholarship.  

The United Nations (UN) estimates that more than 70 million people are currently living as refugees or asylum-seekers, or have been internally displaced due to wars and natural calamity – the largest such population in human history. A significant number of these individuals have had their education interrupted, severely impacting their potential for future success. 

The Scholarship aims to shift the global dialogue surrounding displaced persons, from one that views them as a burden to one that recognizes them as vital contributors to global innovation and prosperity. Currently, there is no initiative like this at any university in the world, despite the obvious desire for education on the part of these displaced student populations. The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students aims to be a leader in filling this pressing humanitarian need and will hopefully encourage other universities to follow suit.

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Columbia University Scholarship in 2020 Details:

Host Country:

  • United States of America

Host University:

  • Columbia University in the City of New York

Degree Level:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • PhD

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Participating Schools:

Participating Schools with Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Columbia College
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of General Studies
  • Barnard College

Scholarship Value:

The US Scholarships will cover full tuition, plus student’s housing and living expenses, for the number of terms necessary to complete the student’s degree.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • This scholarship program is for foreign nationals with refugee status living anywhere in the world, or who have received US asylum or submitted a US asylum application, or are in the US under Temporary Protected Status. There are no age restrictions on the scholarship.

Types of Displacement

Refugee – one who has been forced to flee their home country due to persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group (e.g., members of the LGBTQ community). The persecution of refugee experiences may include harassment, threats, abduction or torture. They have received official recognition as refugees by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR).

Asylee – one who is already present in the United States and has received official legal recognition as an asylee from the United States government due to persecution in their home country because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group (e.g., members of the LGBTQ community).

Asylum Seeker – one who is already present in the United States or has sought admission at a port of entry due to persecution in their home country because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group (e.g., members of the LGBTQ community), and is seeking safe haven in the United States, but has not yet received official legal recognition as an asylee from the United States government. NOTE: Applicant’s petition for asylum must have been placed prior to the time of application to the Scholarship in order to be eligible.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – a temporary immigration status provided to nationals of certain countries experiencing problems that make it difficult or unsafe for their nationals to be deported there.

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How to get admission in Columbia University 2020?

Applicants must apply to and be accepted to one of the degree programs listed below to be eligible for the scholarship. (The application requirements and criteria for scholarship applicants are the same as for normal admissions, and students cannot receive the scholarship if they are not first accepted to a Columbia degree program.) Each school and degree program maintains its own acceptance requirements and specific application deadlines. Applicants must complete the scholarship application form no later than the deadline for the application for their degree program. (There is no single deadline for the scholarship application – the scholarship application deadline is the same as the respective degree program the student is applying for.) Students will only be evaluated for the scholarship if they are admitted to the degree program for which they applied. Students will be informed regarding the scholarship only after degree admissions decisions are made.

This is a competitive scholarship with limited awards per school, so students may be accepted to Columbia and not receive funding through the scholarship. Acceptance to an academic program does not guarantee funding, through the scholarship or otherwise. Degree program application fees can be waived in extraordinary cases by e-mailing [email protected] at least two weeks before the student plans to submit their degree application.

Only degree programs listed below are eligible for the scholarship. Dual degrees (degree programs with more than one Columbia school or with another university) are not eligible for the scholarship. Transfer applications are not eligible for the scholarship.

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Application Deadline:

All applicants must submit their application to both the degree program of their choice and the scholarship by the admissions deadline of that specific degree program.

Example: The admissions deadline for the Juris Doctor (JD) degree program at Columbia Law School is February 15, 2020. Applicants must, therefore, submit both their application to the Law School and their application to the scholarship no later than February 15, 2020.

NOTE: Scholarship applications are reviewed all together for each degree program only after the degree application deadline. The review is not “rolling”, so there is no benefit to applying “first” or earlier than the degree application deadline.


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