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Schwarzman Scholars

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a year-long, fully-funded program.  Schwarzman Scholars will complete a semester of coursework, a semester-long internship, and will be mentored by leaders in government and industry.  Scholars will receive a Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Prior knowledge of Chinese is not required.  Students 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. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:

  • Public Policy

  • Economics and Business

  • International Studies

Having spent an intensive year in China with their own cohort, Schwarzman Scholars will join an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.

Institutional Endorsement: The Schwarzman Scholarship does not require institutional endorsement; students apply directly to the program. However, current U-M undergraduates must include an institutional assessment form, completed by Henry Dyson in the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF).  

U-M Deadline for Institutional Assessment: September 8th

Application Deadline: Citizens of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao: May 31st.  Citizens of all other countries, including Chinese dual citizens: September 28th.  

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)


  • Graduating seniors and alumnae/i up to age 28. (Applicants cannot yet be 29 years old on June 30th of the year in which they apply.)

  • There are no citizenship or nationality requirements for this program.

  • Intellectual agility and academic excellence will be a requirement for successful applicants, but there is no minimum GPA or class rank. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates will be among the top students in their graduating class. The average GPA of applicants in 2015 was 3.6; the average GPA of the first Schwarzman class was 3.8

  • Applicants must demonstrate strong English Language skills. If the applicant's native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application.

  • Above all, applicants must demonstrate their potential for global leadership in their chosen field.

Application Instructions:  

  • Students apply directly through the Schwarzman Scholars’ online application.

  • Institutional endorsement is not required for this scholarship.  However, the application does require an Institutional Assessment for all currently enrolled undergraduates (not for recent alumnae/i).  The U-M contact for this form is Henry Dyson.  U-M students applying to Schwarzman should contact Henry Dyson by the beginning of September to set up an appointment to complete the institutional assessment form prior to the September 15th deadline.

  • Three recommendation letters will be required. At least one of these letters must come from a recommender who can describe the candidate’s leadership potential based on direct experience.

  • The application requires three essays:

    Personal Statement (up to 750 words): Describe your professional interests and values and how the Schwarzman Scholars program and deeper knowledge of China will help advance your goals.

    Leadership Essay (up to 500 words): Describe one specific example where you exercised leadership. The topic for this essay should be chosen in coordination with your leadership letter of recommendation.

    Current Affairs Essay (up to 500 words): Choose an issue in contemporary social, international, business, environmental, diplomatic, arts, or other policy that is of interest to you.

See the Schwarzman Scholars application page for more detailed descriptions of these essays.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Henry Dyson early in the process for help selecting their essay topics and letter writers.

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