Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students

Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students 2023/How to Apply

The Columbia University Scholarship portal are now open, The Scholarship is only for Displaced Students around the world, 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 United Nations (UN) estimates that more than 82 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.


The Scholarship supports displaced students from anywhere in the world who are unable to complete their higher education. These students will receive up to full tuition, housing, and living assistance while pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees across all 19 Columbia schools and affiliates, reflecting Columbia’s full institutional commitment to addressing this global crisis. As the first-ever Columbia-wide scholarship, and the world’s first scholarship of its kind, this program will commit up to $6 million 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 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.
  • Depending on the school and degree program, the scholarship may cover up to full tuition, plus the student’s housing and living expenses, for the number of terms necessary to complete the respective degree.


  • Open to foreign nationals who:
    • Have refugee status living anywhere in the world;
    • Have received US asylum or submitted a US asylum application;
    • Are in the US under Temporary Protected Status;
    • Are Internally Displaced Persons.
  • Displaced Afghan students on Humanitarian Parole or with Special Immigrant Visas are also now eligible for the Scholarship. US permanent residents (green card holders, citizens, etc.) are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • There are no age restrictions on the scholarship.

How to Apply

Applicants must first apply directly to a Columbia degree program listed. After submitting their degree application, applicants must then complete the scholarship application form. 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 complete and submit their online Columbia degree application BEFORE submitting the scholarship form. Once the applicant creates their online Columbia degree application, they will receive an application ID / reference number through their Columbia school’s respective application system. This Columbia application ID / reference number must be entered in the scholarship application form.

Apply for Scholarship here

For more information. Contact CUSDS

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