Global Leaders Award

A smiling student on a GW bench outside

GW values diversity and the foundation it provides for a rich educational experience both inside and beyond the classroom. In our increasingly global society, multicultural fluency and experience are essential to meeting the demands of the 21st century. When people of different religions, cultures and histories study and learn together, we gain a broader perspective of the world around us.

Columbian College's Global Leaders Award provides a renewable tuition award of up to $10,000 per academic year to eligible international applicants. Awards are made on a competitive basis to the most highly qualified eligible applicants.

Eligibility Criteria for 2024-25

To be considered for this award, an applicant must be from:


  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan


  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam

To qualify, students must be:

  • citizens of one of the countries eligible for this initiative;
  • studying on an F-1 visa; and
  • be admitted to and enroll in a CCAS master’s program.


The deadline to be considered for this funding opportunity for fall is February 1 and for spring is October 1. For more information, please send an email to [email protected].



"Receiving the Global Leaders Award was a substantive reason for choosing GW, but more than that, it was the opportunities and dynamism of the university and DC that really cemented my decision to attend."

Anannya Sharma
MA '23, Anthropology