Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2018/2019 for emerging leaders to study at the University of Chicago

Application Deadline: April 10th, 2018.

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.



Rising leaders from around the world who meet the below criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Significant work experience 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 globally applicable challenge.
  • A clear commitment to return to and reinvest your new skills in your community after the program concludes.


  • Obama Foundation Scholars at the University of Chicago will earn a Master of Arts degree focused on International Development and Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
  • In addition to classroom studies, the Obama Foundation will offer a robust program of leadership development and service activities throughout the academic year to help Scholars gain the real-world skills, tools, and experiences to expand the impact of their work when they return home.
  • These may include leadership development convenings; program experiences in New York and Washington, DC; speaker series with innovators across a variety of sectors; individual and group service projects; mentorship through the Obama Foundation network; potential internship placements; and action plan development for post-program activities.
  • 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 also to bring their unique perspectives to Chicago.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2018/2019


  1. Please i request to be part of this. Am a ugandan and am blind. I would love to improve my standards and to get a masters. I have a good communication skills and a teamwork spirit please. I kindly request please. Thank you.

  2. I am interested in degree study as i am a science student and i have completed my secondary school level

  3. I’m a Nigerian and I have completed my first degree in education with Second class upper. Please I need a full scholarship in order to proceed my education to masters level.

  4. I am a student of Global executive institut affiliate of Cambridge university UK in GHANA. I just have my EBA degree in International Business and Administration. I’m taking part of this opportunity to apply because my dream was to study Abroad. I am a conscious and hardworking student, I would be really happy to be part of those who will be chosen. cordially thank you .

  5. I am a skill acquisition training consultant in Nigeria, we train in various trades ranging from Soap making, Catering, Events Decoration, Basic Sewing, Hat making, Bead Stringing, Textile Design, Entrepreneurship Development.

  6. Hello, I am a Nigerian and I have concluded my degree and I love to have this opportunity to further my studies and gain my masters

  7. I am a prospective Ph.Doctor student of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria. From the next session (2018/2019) I will be studying a yet untouched area of oral literature (of Ikaleland) in Yoruba part of Nigeria.
    I do not know now if I may be a blessed to get a scholarship grant for this purpose as the research work will be highly financially demanding.

  8. I’m Nigerian, law graduate from Bayero University, Kano,Nigeria with second class upper.I want to gain my masters,advise and guide me please.

  9. Comment:I will appreciate it if my son Mayowa Isaac Oladunjoye that graduated from Federal University of Technology Akure ,with Second class upper in Food Science Tech, could be fully funded with Scholarship Master’s program. .

  10. I am a Burundian , I finish my study at bujumbura international university I Jjust have my diplomat degree in business Administration and Management in area of ” Regional Integration International Trade Investment”. I would love to improve my standards and to get a masters degree ,I would be really happy to be part of those who will be chosen.I have a good communication skells, hardworking student and a teamwork spirit. Please I kindly request please.Thank you


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