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Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century. As China’s role in global trends continues to grow, the success of future leaders in any sector depends upon an immersive understanding of the country and its culture. A one-year, fully-funded master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Schwarzman Scholars is designed to build a global community of future leaders who will serve to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world.

Schwarzman Scholars is an international scholarship program founded by American financier Stephen A. Schwarzman. The program launched in June 2016, upon the completion of Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University (THU), located in Beijing, China. The college was designed by Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture and hosts up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China and other countries around the world. Scholars study for a one-year master's degree at Tsinghua University.

Designed to prepare young leaders to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Students pursue a Masters in Global Affairs, with concentrations in one of the following disciplines:

  • public policy

  • economics and business

  • international studies

Students spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities.


  1. Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.

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

  3. 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

  4. There are no citizenship or nationality requirements

  5. Academic excellence is a requirement for successful applicants, but there is no minimum GPA or class rank required to apply. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates are among the top students in their graduating class


The Schwarzman Scholars curriculum is designed to build students’ leadership abilities and deepen their knowledge of China and global affairs. In addition to the core curriculum, Scholars choose elective courses to individualize their academic experience. They will also complete an individual or group Capstone Project, the culmination of their Schwarzman College experience. Upon completion of the program, all Scholars receive a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs, awarded by Tsinghua University.


  • A choice of courses designed to analyze leadership characteristics from interdisciplinary perspectives and multiple cultural and professional settings

  • A course on the past 40 years of China’s political, economic, and social reform

  • A course introducing students to current and future challenges in global affairs


  • China-focused electives to delve deeper into China’s domestic policies, history, and global roles

  • Electives drawn mainly from the fields of economics, public policy and global affairs


Complete the application online. You will need to provide the following supporting documents:

  1. Resume

  2. Essays (2)

  3. Transcript / academic records

  4. Letters of recommendation (3)

  5. A brief video introduction


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