UChicago Obama Foundation Scholars

A breakthrough program for
breakthrough civic leaders

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama speak with a scholar

The University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars program is a joint initiative of the Obama Foundation and three schools at the University of Chicago; the Booth School of Business, the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, and the Harris School of Public Policy.

The program brings together an interdisciplinary group of promising eligible UChicago scholars and empowers them with the education, skills, relationships, and perspectives they need to tackle their communities' most pressing challenges. As a University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholar, you participate in a robust set of supplemental programming organized by the University and the Obama Foundation designed to complement your final year of core degree requirements within your school.

During this one-year program, participating students develop a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to advancing social change and leave the University prepared to address even the most complex social challenges through impactful careers in a wide range of settings.

For more information on program requirements, deadlines, and to submit your application, visit the Obama Foundation Scholars website. Only eligible students from the Booth School of Business, the Crown Family School, or the Harris School of Public Policy can apply.

Adrian Talbott, Associate Dean for Civic Engagement