Schwarzman Scholars

National deadline: TBA (Application opens March/April 2017) 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree (by August 1, 2017)
  • Top quartile GPA/class rank 
  • English language proficiency
  • 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2017

Award summary and conditions: The stated aim of the Schwarzman Scholars program is to prepare the next generation of global leaders. It was created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century, from the belief that the success of future leaders will depend upon an understanding of China's role in global trends.

The program launched in 2016. It offers a one-year Master's Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's most prestigious universities. Students live and study on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built facility. All classes are taught in English.

Students pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

Each year, as many as 200 students will be accepted to the program: 45% from the United States, 20% from China and 35% from elsewhere in the world.

Application process: online (

Application requirements:

  • Online application
  • Transcript(s) uploaded by applicant 
  • Letters of recommendation (4) 
  • Personal statement (750 words max.)
  • Leadership essay (750 words max.) 
  • Current affairs essay (500 words max.) 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Video (optional but highly strongly recommended) 

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether