Schwarzman Scholarship Program 2019

Schwarzman Scholarship Program 2019

Applications are now open for the Schwarzman Scholarship Program 2019. The aim is to prepare young leaders to serve as a link 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. Of course, the success of future leaders around the world 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 and international studies. The concentration gives students an opportunity to focus on aspects of global affairs.

Students spend a year immersed in an international community of global thinkers. It is an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange.

This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world. It will also create a growing network of global leaders.

For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


The students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:
Tuition Fees
Room and board
Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
An in-country study tour
Required course books and supplies
Health insurance
A stipend of $4,000 for personal expenses
Schwarzman Scholars exists as the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors.


Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must  complete all degree requirements  before August 1 of their  enrollment year. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome but it is important for applicants  to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.

Age Requirement

At least 18 but not yet 29 years of age but as of August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year.
English language proficiency.
Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills. If the applicant’s native language is not English,  candidates submit the official English proficiency test scores with the application.

The above requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program.  Waiver of the requirement also exists for applicants who have studied in English for two or more years at a Master’s degree level or higher.

The following items are not part of minimum eligibility requirements:

Marital status. Married applicants may apply.Spouses/partners may accompany Schwarzman Scholars to Beijing but Scholars are expected to live in the dormitory and participate fully in the program like other students.

Spouses/partners may not live in the dormitory. Hence, no additional funding applies to support spouses/partners living off-campus.
There are no citizenship or nationality requirements.

Grade point average/class rank/pre-requisites. 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.

There are no course prerequisites for applicants to the program but some individual classes at Tsinghua University may have prerequisites.

Schwarzman Scholars does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements.


Interested candidates participate in a rigorous and thorough selection process designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world.

Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to produce results within their own culture and context by inspiring and guiding groups and to not only benefit from but also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program.

The process includes an online application and evaluation as well as in-person regional interview.

Applications for the U.S and Global applicants open in April 2019 for the 2020-2021 class with selections made in November 2019. Applicants with Chinese passports apply by May 31, 2019, with selections made in September 2019. Please review basic eligibility requirements via the link to the right.

Required forms and Records

Online application
Resume (2-page maximum)
Transcripts/Academic Records
Essays (2)
Letters of Recommendation (3)
Video (optional)
They discourage applicants from submitting any supplemental materials that are not required, such as portfolios, writing samples, additional recommendations etc.

Applicants who hold passports or permanent resident cards from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao regardless of where they attended university or reside will apply between January 1st and May 31, 2019 through the China application portal.

If the applicant were to apply via the U.S./Global system with a Hong Kong permanent resident card, he or she runs the risk of losing the permanent resident card.

The selection process for Chinese nationals shares the same principles as the U.S. and Global process and includes an online application and in-person interview at Tsinghua University in Beijing early July 2019.

Notification of candidates follow but as soon as admissions decisions are reached by October 1, 2019 at the latest.

Applicants holding a passport from any other country apply between April and September.
Submission of the  application including all supporting documentation such as reference letters must meet the deadline.

Some universities or colleges especially those in the United States may opt to establish an earlier deadline for completion of letters of recommendation.

They encourage all currently enrolled undergraduate students to check with their university or college contact about any internal/campus-specific procedures that need compliance .
Candidates invited for interview are notified in mid-October.
Interviews take place in three locations around the world but with candidates receiving invitations to the location that is geographically closest.

Visit the Official Website of the Schwarzman Scholarship Program 2019 for more details.

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