Schwarzman Scholars

Application year: 

Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate


Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: Public Policy Economics and Business International Studies Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future. For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Signature of program: 

Schwarzman Scholars will build invaluable professional and personal connections in Beijing and beyond through a dynamic Student Life Program. This program is an essential part of leadership development and will expand students’ knowledge of China while introducing them to a broader global network.


Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent. Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before orientation begins in July. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field. Grade point average/class rank. Academic excellence will be a requirement for the program, but leadership potential will be the distinguishing factor for successful candidates. Because applicants will have studied in education systems around the world with different grading systems, there is no required minimum GPA, but applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates will be among the top students in their graduating class. There are no course prerequisites for applicants to the program, although some individual classes at Tsinghua University may have prerequisites. English language proficiency. Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application. Acceptable test options are: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Pearson’s (PTE Academic) This requirement is waived for applicants who graduated from an undergraduate institution where the language of instruction was English for at least two years of the program. Age. Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 28 years of age as of June 30, 2016. Marital status. Married applicants may apply and will be at no disadvantage in the application process. Spouses/partners may accompany Schwarzman Scholars to Beijing, but Scholars are expected to live in the dormitory and participate fully in the program like single students. Spouses/partners may not live in the dormitory, and no additional funding will be provided to support spouses/partners living off-campus. Citizenship. There are no citizenship or nationality requirements. Deferrals. The selection committee will permit deferrals of enrollment for only one year, and only in exceptional circumstances that could not have been anticipated by the applicant at the time of application. A decision to attend another program of study or to continue employment in the same position and firm do not constitute grounds for requesting a deferral. Reapplication. Candidates who have been denied admission to Schwarzman Scholars in a previous competition may reapply, but should do so only if there has been a significant change in their profile as an applicant.

Amount of award: 

Full funding for a year-long Masters program and networking in Beijing, China.





Endorsement Required: 



Scholarship deadline: 

September 15, 2018

Campus deadline: 

August 1, 2018

Deadlines begin in the spring prior to this date. Please see the Process PDF at left for full details.  Applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao will apply online from March to May 31, 2018. Please contact early in the spring semester for advising and support on the Schwarzman process. Finalists will be notified before July 1, and will attend interviews to be held at Tsinghua University in Beijing, July. Final admissions decisions for Chinese Schwarzman Scholars will be announced before October 2018.

Area(s) of interest: 

Communication, Media, and Entertainment, Economics, Government, Law, and Policy, Leadership and Business, Other, Social Justice and Responsibility, Social Science Research, Social Sciences