Schwarzman Scholars

Website: Schwarzman Scholars


Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, 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 will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Launched in 2016, the program aims to give  the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students will live and study on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:  Public Policy,  Economics and Business, and International Studies.

The scholarship funding will include:

  • Tuition, related fees and required course books and supplies
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • Health insurance
  • A modest personal stipend

Students will 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 will pursue their academic disciplines while building their capacities as leaders and expanding their understanding of the world.  Applications are due in September, check the Schwarzman website for exact dates.


Check Schwarzman Scholars website for up to date eligibility requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.  Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before orientation begins.
  • Grade point average/class rank. There is no minimum GPA, but Academic excellence will be a requirement for the program with candidates being in the top of their graduating class.  Leadership potential will be the distinguishing factor for successful candidates.
  • English language proficiency. 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.
  • Age. Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 28 years of age
  • Marital status. Married applicants may apply and will be at no disadvantage in the application process. Spouses/partners may accompany Schwarzman Scholars to Beijing, but Scholars are expected to live in the dormitory and participate fully in the program like single students.
  • Citizenship. There are no citizenship or nationality requirements.
  • Deferrals. The selection committee will permit deferrals of enrollment for only one year, and only in exceptional circumstances that could not have been anticipated by the applicant at the time of application.
  • Reapplication. Candidates who have been denied admission to Schwarzman Scholars in a previous competition may reapply, but should do so only if there has been a significant change in their profile as an applicant.

Student Type
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type

All application instructions are available online at  Read the instructions carefully. 

For advising and endorsement information, contact Emily Smith at

If seeking an endorsement letter, please email Emily by the internal deadline, August 15th. 


Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $250 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity.

The program is designed to educate future world leaders about China. The endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research.  Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. 

Contact Information


Schwarzman Scholars

641 Lexington Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10022


Advising for UW students and alums

Emily Smith

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Mary Gates Hall 171

Seattle, WA 98195