The Columbia Scholarship Program for Displaced Persons

March 01, 2018

Columbia University has launched a scholarship program to support individuals who have been displaced as a result of the conflict in Syria. These students will receive full tuition, housing, travel, and living assistance while pursuing their undergraduate degree at Columbia University's School of General Studies.  Applicants must have been displaced by the conflict in Syria, and currently residing in Jordan, Lebanon, or Turkey, or residing under Temporary Protected Status in the US.  Students will begin their studies in fall 2018.


Application Process


Participating School: School of General Studies' Undergraduate Degree Program

Eligibility: Applicants must be displaced from Syria due to the conflict AND currently residing in (i) Lebanon, Jordan, or Turkey; or (ii) residing in the United States under Temporary Protected Status. Columbia University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 6.5.

Scholarship Benefits: Full tuition for the term of study (four years for undergraduate programs), plus a student’s housing and living expenses.

Applicants must apply to and be accepted by the School of General Studies' undergraduate degree program. Applications are due to the School of General Studies by June 1. Application fees will be waived upon request by e-mailing: (to receive the application fee waiver, proof of English language proficiency is required - a minimum TOEFL Score of 100 or IELTS score of 6.5).

Applicants must notify the Scholarship Program of their desire to be considered for the scholarship by e-mailing:  In your e-mail, state: your full name, country of current residence, and date of application.

All questions should be directed to


Please note this scholarship is not organized or run by the Columbia Global Centers.