Type of Funding
The University of Chicago and Columbia University are inviting emerging leaders from around the world who are making a difference in their communities, to apply for the inaugural Obama Foundation Scholars Program for AY 2019-2020.
University of Chicago: The Obama Foundation Scholars is a 1-year, full-time program and participants will live in Chicago for the duration of the academic year. Scholars will earn a Master of Arts degree in International Development and Policy from 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.
Columbia University: Twelve accomplished leaders will be selected to participate in an immersive program that brings together academic, skills-based and experiential learning. Scholars participate in a required course, which will run for the length of the academic year, as well as additional courses offered by Columbia University that are relevant to their specific field or values-based leadership, or that fill in gaps in their previous studies. a new initiative in which faculty and researchers from Columbia will partner with governments, nonprofits, the private sector, and intergovernmental organizations to create tangible solutions to real-world issues. Upon completion of the program, Obama Foundation Scholars are expected to return to the regions where they have been working and continue along a path of service, either through their full-time job or volunteer opportunities.
In addition to classroom studies, the Obama Foundation will offer a robust program of leadership development throughout the academic year to help Scholars gain the real-world skills, networks, tools, and experiences to expand the impact of their work when they return home. These may include leadership development convenings; program experiences in Chicago and Washington, DC; speaker series with innovators across a variety of sectors; individual and group service projects; mentorship through the Obama Foundation network; and action plan development for post-program activities.
University of Chicago: The scholarship 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.
Columbia University: The scholarship provides for a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in New York City and covers all tuition and fees for up to 4 courses at Columbia University. Basic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program will be provided and air travel to and from home country and travel for any program-related activities are also covered. Scholars will stay in a furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University.
University of Chicago: Applicants must be rising leaders from around the world who are already making a difference – in civil society, in government, in the private sector, or as entrepreneurs. They should be individuals who are ready to take the next step forward in expanding their horizons and advancing their work, and who have a commitment to giving back to their community. They need to possess significant work experience of 3 to 5 years and professional accomplishments, with a clear trajectory of increasing impact. They should have a record of community service or working for the public good, either through a full-time professional role or significant engagement outside of primary employment.
Candidates must possess a clear focus on a globally applicable challenge as well as a clear commitment to return to their community and reinvest their new skills after the program concludes. Fluency in English is required.
Columbia University: Applicants must be rising leaders from around the world who are committed to service and leadership within a community, region, or country outside the United States, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their completion of the Program and apply their enhanced training, skills, and connections on a long-term basis for the benefit of these communities.
They should be emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “tipping point” in their careers. They need to have the ability and inclination to positively shape the future of their community and possess commitment to humility, integrity, inclusivity, stewardship, fearlessness, imagination, and teamwork. Proficiency in English is required.
Applications for the Obama Scholarships at the University of Chicago are to be done online by 1 November 2018 (priority deadline) and by 1 January 2019 (secondary deadline). Applications for the Obama Scholarships at Columbia University are to be done online by 3 February 2019.