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Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to prepare the next generation of global leaders to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century.  Founded by Blackstone Chairman and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, the program gives students the opportunity to refine and expand their leadership abilities while completing a fully funded, one-year Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Relations at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university by July 2016.

  • Though academic excellence is a requirement for the program, there is no required minimum GPA.

  • English language proficiency.

  • Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2017.

General Information

Up to 200 Schwarzman Scholars will be selected each year to represent the world’s next generation of leaders.  Scholars will be selected on the basis of not only their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, but also their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate paradigm changes, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions.

A global mix of students – approximately 45% percent from the U.S., 20% from China, and 35% from the rest of the world—scholars will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English.  Though prior knowledge of Mandarin is not required, basic, conversational Mandarin classes will begin pre-semester and continue to be offered at all levels throughout the program.  Students will pursue a one-year Master’s Degree in one of three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies.

All Schwarzman Scholars share a core curriculum that serves as an anchor for the rest of their studies and builds connections among them as a cohort. Core courses include: Chinese Culture and History, Comparative Politics and Government, Critical Debates in International Relations, Leading issues in the Global Economy, and Leadership.  Students will have the opportunity to pursue internships at prominent institutions, corporations and nonprofit organizations, and will be matched to specific opportunities based on their concentrations and professional interests after their arrival in Beijing. Leading members of the Beijing business, academic and government communities will help advance students’ professional goals and support personal growth.  Travel is also a core feature of the program and is designed to give students the opportunity to experience China’s diverse landscapes and cultures, as well as its great cities and industrial centers.

Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship, including 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, laptop and smartphone, health insurance, and a modest personal stipend.

Application Procedures

This program will begin in 2016.  Application procedures TBA.

Application Timeline

April 2015 
Application opens

September 1, 2016 
UM campus deadline for enrolled students

September 15, 2016  
National application deadline

October 2016 
Reading and selection of semi-finalists

Mid-November, 2016  
Interviews for semi-finalists

Late November 2016  
Finalists notified

July 5, 2017  
Orientation at Tsinghua University begins