2019 Obama Foundation Scholars at the University of Chicago

Deadline: January 1, 2019.

The cohort of Scholars based at University of Chicago will receive a Master of Arts in international Development and Policy degree from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy when they successfully complete the program.

The Obama Foundation Scholars at the University of Chicago will complete nine courses prior to graduating in June 2020. These classes will cover three categories: foundational skills for policy analysis, international development and policy, and electives. The three foundational courses in the fall cover data analytics, analytical politics, and economics. Scholars will then take a two-course sequence on international development and policy during their Winter and Spring terms with the first course addressing economic issues, and the second focused on political questions. Scholars at Harris will also have the option to select electives from among a wide range of courses in international development, governance, and leadership.



For the UChicago Program we’re seeking emerging leaders from around the world who meet the following criteria:


  • 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.



In addition to pursuing a Master of Arts degree in International Development and Policy, you’ll have the opportunity to receive a full scholarship that includes access to exceptional programming outside of the classroom.

Through the Obama Foundation Scholars Program, you’ll be connected to one another, the UChicago and Obama Foundation networks, and gain additional skills, training, and inspiration that will help you change your community and, ultimately, the world.




Obama Foundation Scholars Program

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