Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students 

Thank you for your interest in the Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students (CUSDS). For information on the scholarship, please visit the scholarship information homepage. For information on applying to your chosen degree program (including questions regarding degree program application documentation or visas), please directly contact that participating school's admissions team.


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.

Submission Instructions

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 following form in its entirety no later than their degree program's application deadline.**

Scholarship Application Form
Contact Information

Immigration Status
Upload requirements

Students must submit four essays as part of their application.  Each of the four essays should be between 300-500 words (so 1,200-2,000 words in total). The four essays must be written in your own words. All essays must be written in English. Plagiarized essays will be grounds for immediate disqualification. Essays must be clearly labeled and uploaded as a single document. 

Essays (all four essays are required to be considered for the scholarship):
  1. Explain the situation surrounding your displacement, and your current situation.
  2. Explain your financial situation and why receiving this scholarship would be important to you.
  3. Why have you chosen to apply to Columbia University and to the specific program you indicated above?
  4.  How will your chosen degree program support you in achieving your broader life goals?

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I certify that the information provided in this application is true, complete, and accurate. I have not knowingly withheld any facts or circumstances that could otherwise jeopardize consideration of my application. I understand that if any of the information is found to be false, it is sufficient cause for rejection or dismissal from both this scholarship program and my academic program, even after matriculation. I understand that the information submitted in this application will be shared with the Columbia Global Centers and the specific school I have applied to at Columbia University. I understand that scholarship application will only be accepted through this form, and that any applications submitted via email will not be considered. I understand that this form must be submitted before or by the degree application deadline of the Columbia school and program I wish to attend. I acknowledge that submission of this application form does not guarantee me admission to my chosen degree program. I acknowledge that admission to my chosen degree program does not guarantee funding, either from this scholarship or from the School.
I agree that all above personal data will be sent to the Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students. I consent that the Scholarship stores, processes, uses, and transmits to applicable Columbia schools my personal data to evaluate my candidacy for this scholarship. My personal data will not be sold or used for any non-scholarship-related purposes. I acknowledge that the above described consent can be withdrawn any time (without giving reason) by sending an email to cusds@columbia.edu.

Note: applicants will see the message below after their application is submitted successfully.  Applicants will not receive a separate email confirmation. Scholarship applicants will only hear back regarding the scholarship if they are accepted to their degree program.

Scholarship - submission confirmation