Schwarzman Scholarship

This financial support is not administered by the University.

Overview

Designed to prepare young leaders to serve as a bridge between China and the rest of the world,  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.

With the inaugural class enrolled in 2016, the program gives the world's best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master's Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing - one of China's most prestigious universities.

Students pursue a Masters in Global Affairs, with concentrations in one of the following disciplines: public policy, economics and business, and international studies. The concentration gives students an opportunity to focus on aspects of global affairs they may not have previously studied.

Students 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 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 that will build strong ties between China and the rest of the world.

For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Field of study

Any Discipline

Eligibility

In addition to demonstrating extraordinary leadership skills, the ability to anticipate and act on trends and changes in their context, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character, candidates must meet the following criteria.

  1. 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 August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it is important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.

  1. Age Requirement.

Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year (for the current selection cycle, as of August 1, 2023).

  1. 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. This requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant's academic program. The requirement will also be waived for applicants who have studied in English for two or more years at a Master's degree level or higher.

Acceptable test options are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) - Minimum score 600.
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) - Minimum score 100.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum score 7.

For applicants using the China Application System, refer to guidelines on the Schwarzman College Admissions page.

Benefits

Students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Required course books and supplies
  • Health insurance
  • A stipend of $4,000 for personal expenses

How to apply

Interested candidates participate in a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to produce results within their own culture and context by inspiring and guiding groups and to not only benefit from but also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program. The process includes an online application and evaluation as well as in-person regional interview.

U.S. AND GLOBAL APPLICANTS

  • Application period: Apr 2022 - Sep 2022
  • Selections: Nov 2022
  • Classes begin: Aug 2023

APPLICANTS WITH CHINESE PASSPORTS

  • Application period: Jan 2022 - May 2022
  • Selections: Sept 2022
  • Classes begin: Aug 2023

Required forms and records include:

  • Online application
  • Resume (2 pages maximum)
  • Transcripts/Academic Records
  • Essays (2)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Video

Further information

Upcoming Virtual Events

7th July 2022, 11:30am ET - Reflect & Reframe: Approaches and Strategies for Reapplying

12th July 2022, 10:00am ET - Schwarzman Scholars U.S./Global Admissions Info Session

To find out more details for upcoming sessions, please visit Schwarzman Event page for information.