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Schwarzman Scholars


The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative Master's of Global Affairs degree program at Tsinghua University, one of the country's leading universities. Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the world, the curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China's expanding role in the world. The program also provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2020.
  • Undergraduate degree requirements must be completed by August 1, 2020.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be done 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. This 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.

Internal Deadline:

September 9, 2019

How to Apply:

Follow the link below to register or use the Schwarzman Scholars web site to gain access to an official application. Complete the application on-line and email all application materials to Melissa Mandos <> by the internal deadline, above.

  • Application (including essay questions).
  • Four letters of recommendation -- One of the four letters can be an institutional letter of recommendation which will be written by the Fellowships and Prizes Advisor. Recommenders must complete their letters on-line. In addition, please ask them to email their letters to
  • Official Transcript
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Video (optional)


Selection Process:

  • After submitting your application materials, you will be interviewed in person (or by telephone or Skype if you are unavailable in person) by members of the Fellowships and Prizes Committee.  The committee will provide feedback on your application.
  • You will have an opportunity to make final revisions to your application before submitting it to Schwarzman. The national deadline is late September.