Columbia University Scholarship 2020/2021 for Displaced Students Worldwide (Fully-funded)

Columbia University Scholarship 2020/2021 for Displaced Students Worldwide (Fully-funded)

Deadline: Varies

Applications for the Columbia University Scholarship 2020/2021 for Displaced Students are now open. The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students (CUSDS) is an effort to combat an 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.

Started in 2016 by the Columbia Business School’s Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, and now administered by the Columbia Global Centers, the Scholarship supports displaced students from anywhere in the world who are unable to complete their higher education. As the first-ever Columbia-wide scholarship, and the world’s first scholarship of its kind, this program will commit up to $6 million annually in support, per cohort, for up to 30 students each year. Mentoring and support will be provided by the Scholarship, as well as by schools and student groups at Columbia.

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.


  • Selected students will receive full tuition, housing, and living assistance while pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees across all 18 Columbia schools and affiliates, reflecting Columbia’s full institutional commitment to addressing this global crisis.


  • 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.


Applicants must apply directly to a degree program listed on the scholarship information homepage. Each school and program maintains their own acceptance requirements and application deadlines. Acceptance to an academic program DOES NOT guarantee funding through the scholarship (students may be accepted to an academic program but not receive funding through the scholarship).

Applicants must begin their online degree application before completing the scholarship form. Once the applicant creates their online degree application, they will receive an application ID / reference number through their school’s respective application system. This ID / reference number must be entered in the scholarship application form to be considered for the scholarship.

To be considered for the scholarship, CUSDS applicants must submit the scholarship application form in its entirety no later than their degree program’s application deadline.

For more information, visit Columbia University.