USA: Fully Funded Obama Foundation Scholarship Program at the University of Chicago, 2018

International, Masters, Scholarships, Social Science, USA

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program will give rising young leaders around the world who are already making a difference in their communities the opportunity to take their work to the next level through a newly designed curriculum that brings together academic, skills-based, and hands-on learning. The Scholars Program empowers individuals with a proven commitment to service with the tools they need to make their efforts more effective, to identify innovative solutions to complex global problems, and promote change through values-based leadership.

The program will build lasting relationships among emerging leaders who are committed to working together to solve the most pressing challenges of our time, creating a global network that reaches across issues and borders. After completing the program, Obama Foundation 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.

As an Obama Foundation Scholar, you’ll take part in a new program that combines a Master of Arts degree at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy with a one-of-a-kind scholarship that includes access to exceptional experiences outside the classroom with the Obama Foundation. You’ll be part of a network of rising leaders. It’s an experience that is sure to change you—and will help you change the world.

Country of Study: USA Institution/ University: University of Chicago
Application Deadline: 10th April 2018 Level of Study: Master’s


On July 9, 1890, the University’s founders defined what they believed would build an enduring legacy: a commitment to rigorous academics for people of all backgrounds, including “opportunities for all departments of higher education to persons of both sexes on equal terms.”


Obama Foundation

Scholarship Benefits

The Obama Foundation Scholars Program offers an extraordinary scholarship that covers tuition and expenses and provides a monthly living stipend, funding for books and course materials, and opportunities to experience unique out-of-the-classroom programming. Any travel costs for these experiences will also be fully covered.

Study Subject

Master of Arts degree in International Development and Policy (MA-IDP)

Eligibility Requirement

  • Significant work experience (typically 3-5 years or more) and professional accomplishments with a clear trajectory of increasing impact.
  • Demonstrated record of community service or working for the public good, either through a full-time professional role or significant engagement outside of primary employment.
  • Possess a clear focus on a global challenge or policy issue.
  • A clear commitment to return to and reinvest your new skills in your community after the program concludes.


Duration on program

Application Procedure

Applicants will submit a single application for the Harris MA-IDP and the Obama Foundation Scholarship.

Application link

Official Scholarhip Link





  • Good morning!

    How do I apply for this…what are the requisites, which documents do I have to have and where should I send them? Am a BA in education and been teaching english for over 5 years now. Wishing to do Masters.


  • i want to apply but i have just graduated from an accredited university in sierraleone 2016/2017 academic year.

  • I am Damtew Dawit from Ethiopia. I have BA degree in Sidaamu Afoo & Literature/Language & Literature. I’m working in Hawassa University being Graduate Assistant. If I have a scholarship, I wish to study;
    1. MA in Literature
    2. MA in Journalism & Mass Communication
    3. MA in Linguistics
    4. MA in Social Anthropology & other related fields of study.

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  • Hello,My name is Erick James Moshi (24) based in Tanzania,I am a graduate in “Tax and Customs Management(2017)”.I am Excited to hear this scholarship,always wanted to be part of the program to interact practical skills to community impact.I will be very glad to be part of the Obama program in this scholarship.Thank you

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