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.
A Scholarship with Unparalleled Opportunities
The Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy share a goal of ensuring that talented young people from around the world can build the skills they need to advance their work as active citizens and to make a real impact in their communities.
The Obama Foundation Scholars Program offers an extraordinary scholarship that covers tuition and expenses and provides a living stipend, funding for books and course materials, medical insurance, housing, and opportunities to experience unique out-of-the-classroom programming. Any travel costs for these experiences will also be fully covered.
Experiences Outside the Classroom
You won't just be working in the classroom. You'll participate in unique programs developed in partnership with the Obama Foundation.
The Obama Foundation will offer a robust program of leadership development and service activities throughout the academic year to help you gain the real-world skills, tools, and experiences to expand the impact of your work when you return home.
Programming begins before you set foot on campus and extends well beyond your return home. The extraordinary experiences you will have as an Obama Foundation Scholar—opportunities such as a Leadership Week before classes begin, access to some of the world’s most innovative thinkers, values-based leadership training, internships, and immersive activities throughout the year in Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.—will provide outstanding networking, learning, and leadership development opportunities, and enable you to give back by engaging in Obama Foundation activities and programs while you are in the United States.
Some of these Foundation activities will include experiences throughout Chicago and the South Side. By engaging with the local community, students will have the opportunity to complement what they learn in the classroom and to bring their unique perspectives to Chicago.