Schwarzman Scholars is a fully-funded, one-year master’s degree and leadership program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. At the heart of the program are world-renowned advisers, a rigorous and innovative study of global affairs, and hands-on exploration of Chinese culture and commerce. The core curriculum equips Scholars with the knowledge they need to navigate China's role in the global economy and global affairs. Scholars develop leadership skills in their respective fields through core and elective courses, workshops, coaching, mentorship and exposure to high-level industry experts.

National Deadline

September for US and Global applicants; May for those with a Chinese passport. Confirm exact date on the foundation website. 

Institutional Nomination

This scholarship does not require institutional nomination. Candidates are encouraged to work with Fellowships Advising on their applications. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria: 

  • 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. 

  • Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year. 

  • 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. 

Prospective Scholars are expected to demonstrate academic excellence, exceptional results in their field and outstanding leadership qualities. Candidates who are most qualified to meet the high demands of the program must exhibit excellence in the following areas: 

  • Leadership 

  • Exemplary character and integrity 

  • Academic aptitude and intellectual ability 

  • Empathy and intercultural competency 

  • Open mindedness

  • Entrepreneurial spirit

Campus Contact

Barbara Gorka

Director, Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising

Phone: 215-204-0708