The 2024 Schwarzman Scholars Program (China Based)

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Type of degree: 

Scholarship Deadline: 
Applications for this scholarship will end as follows; 
i. Applicants who hold passports or permanent resident cards from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao: May 20, 2023 - 11:59PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (CLOSED)
ii. Applicants holding a passport from any other country: September 19, 2023 - 11:59PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Scholarship Summary: 
Schwarzman Scholars supports up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S, China, and around the world for a one-year master’s in global affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University — ranked first in Asia as an indispensable base for China’s political, business, and technological leadership. Schwarzman Scholars are selected from an international pool of distinguished candidates and prospective scholars are expected to demonstrate academic excellence, exceptional results in their field and outstanding leadership qualities.

Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion — attending lectures, traveling around the region, and developing a better understanding of China.

Scholarship Applicant Criteria: 
In addition to demonstrating extraordinary leadership skills, the ability to anticipate and act on trends and changes in their context, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character, candidates must meet the following criteria;

i. Must have an undergraduate degree: 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.

ii. Must be 18 – 28 years of 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 current selection cycle, as of August 1, 2023).

iii. Must be proficient in the 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. 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. The 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. Acceptable test options are: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT). Minimum score 600. Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). Minimum score 100. International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score 7.

Value of Scholarship: 
Expenses for Schwarzman Scholars are fully covered by the program, including the following: tuition, fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, in-country study tours, required course books and supplies, a Lenovo laptop, health insurance, and a personal stipend.

Interview expenses, such as economy class air or train travel, group meals, and one night in a hotel if needed, are also arranged and covered by the program. 

Scholarship Application Guide: 
Interested candidates participate in a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world and include the following;
The application must be completed online and submitted electronically once you have answered all the required questions. The application form must be completed in English. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting; you may access, save, and continue work on your application as frequently as needed before submitting the application.

ii. Provide all the required supporting documents which include:
   a. Resume (max 2 pages)
   b. 2 Essays
   c. Transcripts/Academic records
   d. 3 Letters of recommendation
   e. Video introduction

iii. Application Review and Interview:
Applications are reviewed by a distinguished committee of business, government and academic leaders from around the world. A select number of candidates are invited for interviews in late October and early November before an international panel of leaders from a variety of backgrounds. These interviewers draw on their leadership experience to identify a cohort of highly accomplished candidates whose paths to leadership will be enhanced by an introduction to China and its global role. 

iv. Selected Schwarzman Scholars will enroll at Tsinghua University, one of China’s premier institutions, known for its academic excellence and international partnerships. Located in Beijing, Tsinghua will allow students to experience life in the capital of the world’s rising economic power. Upon completion of the program, all Scholars receive a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs, awarded by Tsinghua University.

Scholarship Website: 
Find further information on this scholarship opportunity at the Schwarzman Scholarship Admissions Page.