Schwarzman Scholars: 1-­Year Fully-­Funded Master’s Program in Beijing

Schwarzman Scholars Program-2015

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 fully­-funded one-­year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. 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

Students will spend a year immersed in 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 U­M undergraduates must include an institutional assessment form, completed by Henry Dyson at in the LSA Honors Program.

U­M Deadline for Institutional Assessment​:

September 15th Application Deadline: ​October 1st

U­M Contact: Henry Dyson, LSA Honors Program


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

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

Application Instructions:

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

2. 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 U­M contact for this form is Henry Dyson in the LSA Honors Program. U­M students applying to Schwarzman should contact Henry Dyson no later than September 15th to set up an appointment to complete the institutional assessment form.

3. 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.

4. The application requires three essays:

a. 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.

b. 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.

c. 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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