2022 Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students Worldwide (Fully Funded)


Application Deadline: Varying by Program

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 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.


  • This scholarship program is for 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.

Scholarship Benefits

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.

Application Process

  • Applicants must apply to and be accepted by 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 accepted to a Columbia degree program.)
  •  Each school and degree program maintains their own acceptance requirements and specific application deadlines.
  • A full list of eligible degree programs and their respective scholarship deadlines can be found below.
  • Only degree programs listed below are eligible for the scholarship.
  • Students will only be eligible for the scholarship if they are admitted to the degree program for which they have 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 their degree program and not receive funding through the scholarship. Acceptance to an academic program does not guarantee funding, through the scholarship or otherwise. 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2022 Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students


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