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Schwarzman Scholars Program

Overview and Introduction

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 combination of leadership and global affairs coursework, experiential learning projects (deep dives with Chinese industry, an 11-month individual capstone), and will be mentored by leaders in government and industry.  

Scholars will receive a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Prior knowledge of Chinese is not required.  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.

National Application Deadline: September 12th, 2024 at 3:00 EDT


  • Degree Level: Senior or alumni (up to age 28)
  • Academics: No requirement, but 3.8 or above strongly encouraged
  • Citizenship: No requirement

Selection Criteria:

  • Leadership Ability
  • Exemplary Character & Integrity
  • Academic Aptitude & Intellectual Ability
  • Empathy & Intercultural Competency
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit

Application Deadlines

  • National Deadline: September 12th, 2024 at 3:00 EDT. For citizens of China, Taiwan, Macao, and Hong Kong the deadline is late May.
  • Endorsement: U-M Nomination is not required

Instructions for Prospective Applicants 

Review the complete and detailed application requirements, criteria, and guidelines for the online application and essays on the Schwarzman Scholars website. 

Note: Must demonstrate strong English language skills. If applicant's native languge is not English, official English proficiency test scores should be submitted with the application.

Application Components 

  1. Biographical Profile (100 words)
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (2-page limit)
  3. Video Introduction (One minute limit) Note: A video is highly recommended, not required.
  4. Transcript(s)
  5. Leadership Essay (750 words)
  6. Statement of Purpose (500 words)
  7. Two short-answer questions (100 words each)
  8. 3 Letters of recommendation