The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students (CUSDS) provides displaced students, such as refugees or asylum-seekers, with the opportunity to pursue higher education at Columbia University. Students will receive full tuition, housing, and living assistance while pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees across all 18 Columbia schools and affiliates. The 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.
Full tuition, plus student’s housing and living expenses, for the number of terms necessary to complete the student’s degree.
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.
Current Columbia University students are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must apply to and be accepted to one of the degree programs found on the CUSDS website. Each school and program maintain their own acceptance requirements and specific application deadlines.
- This is a competitive scholarship and 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.
- Dual degrees are not eligible for the scholarship program.
- Degree program application fees can be waived in extraordinary cases by e-mailing CUSDS@columbia.edu at least two weeks before you plan to submit your application.
- Applicants must complete the scholarship application form, no later than the deadline for the application for their degree program.