What is the Obama Foundation Scholars Program?

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program is a program from the Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy for rising leaders from around the world who are focused on an issue of global importance, have a track record and commitment to advancing the public good, and want to accelerate their impact.

There are two components of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program: students will earn a Master of Arts in International Development and Policy (MAIDP) at Harris Public Policy, and have the opportunity to receive a one-of-a-kind scholarship that includes full tuition and expenses, a stipend for living expenses, and access to exceptional programming outside the classroom. Scholars will work with members of the Obama Foundation to gain real-world skills, tools, and experiences that will expand the impact of their work.

Alums of the program will be part of a network of rising international leaders who are connected to one another, the UChicago, and Obama Foundation networks of global policy leaders. After completing the program, Obama Scholars will return to their communities and continue the important work they started in the program by implementing their own personalized action plan. They will also have an opportunity to play a role in the Obama Foundation’s efforts to inspire, train, and connect rising leaders from around the globe.