Schwarzman Scholars is a prestigious program designed to address the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Inspired by the renowned Rhodes Scholarship, which dates back to 1902, Schwarzman Scholars aims to foster international understanding and peace through education.
Number of Scholars
Each year, up to 200 Scholars are chosen from the United States, China, and other countries worldwide to embark on a transformative journey.
The program offers a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, which holds the top rank in Asia and serves as a critical hub for China’s political, business, and technological leadership.
Selected Scholars have the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in Beijing’s vibrant culture and engage in a year of intensive study and personal growth. They attend lectures, explore the region, and gain a deeper understanding of China’s rich heritage and global influence. Since its establishment in 2015, Schwarzman Scholars has gained immense recognition, quickly becoming one of the world’s most competitive graduate and fellowship programs.
- Undergraduate degree in any subject: 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.
- Age: 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 Class of 2024-2025, as of August 1, 2024).
- English Language: 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: Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). Minimum score 100. International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score 7. Cambridge English: Advanced (C1) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (C2). Minimum score 185.
- Essays: Each applicant is required to provide two essays and two short answer responses. The two required essays are a Leadership Essay (750 words) and a Statement of Purpose (500 words).
The Application Deadline is Sept 19, 2023.
How to apply?
To begin, create an account to start a new application (by clicking the Apply Now button). The email address provided to create your account will be used for all correspondence about your admissions status.
After creating an account, you will receive a system-generated message with a temporary PIN prompting you to activate your account. If you do not receive this email immediately, check your spam/junk folders before asking for further assistance. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list.
Once you have created an account, click “Start New Application” to begin your application. You do not have to complete your application in one sitting; you may access and continue your work as frequently as needed before final submission. To save your work, click on the “Continue” button.