Will Obama Foundation Scholars receive an additional University of Chicago degree for participating in this program?

No. University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars will receive a certificate from the Obama Foundation and the degree they are eligible to receive from the University of Chicago based on their coursework in their respective schools.

Do I need to maintain any particular political affiliation to be selected as an Obama Foundation Scholar at the University of Chicago? 

No. The Obama Foundation Scholars Program is a non-partisan, non-political program that is not affiliated with any political party or entity. We are looking for Scholars who will bring a diverse set of perspectives to the program.

I am running for public office. Can I apply? 

No. Applicants who are running campaigns for public office during the program term do not meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the program, due to the Obama Foundation’s status as a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the United States.

I am a part-time student at one of the partner schools. Can I apply? 

Booth School of Business

Booth Full-Time, Evening, and Weekend MBA students who have completed between 10 and 16 classes by the end of Summer Quarter 2021 and will graduate sometime in 2022 are eligible. Students who are graduating in 2022 but have taken more than 16 classes should notify Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at rustandycenter@chicagobooth.edu before applying.

As the University of Chicago will conduct most Scholars programming in-person, part-time student participants must be able to participate during in-person programming in Chicago through the end of Spring 2022, mainly in the evenings and some during the day. Because this program is designed for emerging leaders who are at an early-stage pivotal point in their leadership journey, Booth Executive MBA students are not eligible to apply.

Harris School of Public Policy

Harris Evening Master’s Program (EMP) students who are scheduled to graduate by Summer 2022 are eligible. As the University of Chicago will conduct most Scholars programming in-person, part-time student participants must be able to participate during in-person programming in Chicago through the end of Spring 2022, mainly in the evening and some during the day. If you are an EMP student with questions about your eligibility, please reach out to Tempris Daniels at tedaniels@uchicago.edu.

Crown Family School

All students from the Crown Family School – full-time and part-time – who are entering the final year of their master’s program are eligible to apply

Can Scholars participate in one portion of the program rather than a full academic year?

No. Scholars must commit to participating in the full program for the entire academic year.

Is there a cost to participate or apply?

No. There is no additional cost for eligible University of Chicago students to apply nor to participate in this program.

Each participating student will receive $10,000 of financial support in the form of a stipend to defray tuition costs and living expenses in their final year.

Obama Scholars

Become a UChicago Obama Foundation Scholar
Applications for the 2022-23 class will open in Spring 2022.