What's it all about?

Schwarzman Scholars is a fully-funded year of leadership development and education about China’s emerging global role, hosted in China, for the world’s most promising young leaders.

Anchored in an innovative 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience includes unparalleled learning opportunities in and outside the classroom through extensive leadership training, a network of high-level mentors, practical training/internship opportunities, and travel seminars around China.

Schwarzman Scholars is designed to prepare leaders for a world where China plays a key role. Scholars will learn from world-class faculty and guest speakers about the emergence of China as an economic and political force through a dynamic core curriculum and concentrations in public policy; international studies; or business and economics. 

Schwarzman Scholars is seeking high-calibre men and women who will represent the world’s next generation of leaders. The programme is open to students and young professionals up to 28 years of age of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. For the third cohort, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will begin in Beijing in August 2018 at the state-of-the-art Schwarzman College. Visit schwarzmanscholars.org for additional information to begin the application process.

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Why should I go?

Schwarzman Scholars spend a year living, learning, working and traveling with a select cohort of high-potential young leaders from around the globe, with visiting faculty from the world’s leading universities, and full-time faculty from Tsinghua, one of China’s leading universities.

High-level mentors and internships in Beijing’s most influential multinational corporations, NGOs, government offices, and think tanks add a professional and practical dimension.  The academic and professional development context is unparalleled and serves as a strong basis for future growth into leadership roles.

Am I eligible?

The Schwarzman Scholars application process is open to candidates from any country and any academic field.  Candidates must be between 18 and 28 years of age, and must be within one year of completing their undergraduate degree (or already have an undergraduate degree) at the time of application. English proficiency is required.  All eligibility details are available online.

How long does it last?

The programe lasts 11 months, typically from late August to early July of the following year. 

How much will it cost?

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
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • Health insurance
  • A personal stipend of $3,500 USD

How do I apply?

Interested candidates will participate in a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. The process includes an online application and credentials evaluation as well as in-person regional interviews. Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit from but also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars programme.

The application is focused on assessing the candidate’s prior experience in leadership and potential to take on leadership roles in the future, with the essays and letters of reference playing a critical role in the evaluation.  

Full requirements for the application are available online.

When’s the deadline?

The deadline was 28 September 2017 at 11:59pm (ET) for all applicants except those who hold passports from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.  

If you hold a passport from China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan the deadline is 31 May 2017.  

Deadlines will typically occur in May and September of each year.

Get in touch

More information is available on the Schwarzman Scholars website, in this pre-recorded webinar, or in live webinars and campus presentations scheduled throughout the year. A schedule is available online

If you have any questions, please email the Schwarzman Scholars programme directly.