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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.


  • Academic: No minimum GPA but the average for incoming scholars is 3.8.
  • Citizenship: No requirement.
  • Degree-level: Senior or alumni up to age 28.
  • Other: 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. Prior knowledge of Chinese is not required. 

Application Deadlines

  • Program Deadline: Citizens of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao: late May.  Citizens of all other countries: late September.  
  • Endorsement: Schwarzman Scholars does not require institutional endorsement; students may apply directly to this program. 

Prospective Applicants

Prospective applicants should apply directly to the Schwarzman Scholars program and are encouraged to review ONSF's application resources for self-directed advising support. Please note, at this time ONSF is only able to offer individual advising and interview preparation to program finalists. 

Selection Criteria 

Schwarzman Scholars embrace the opportunity to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions. Candidates who are most qualified to meet the high demands of the program must exhibit excellence in the following areas: Leadership Ability, Exemplary Character & Integrity, Academic Aptitude & Intellectual Ability, Empathy & Intercultural Competency, Open-Mindedness, Entrepreneurial Spirit. See more on the program website.

Application Summary

Review additional application requirements, criteria, and guidelines for the online application and essays on the Schwarzman Scholars website. You will need three letters of recommendation.

Visit the Schwarzman Scholars program website to confirm application deadlines and program requirements.