Schwarzman Scholars Program

About the Scholarship

The Schwarzman Scholars program provides an international group of students the opportunity to spend a year at a new and specially-designed college at Beijing's Tsinghua University to complete a one-year master's degree in Public Policy, Economics, and Business or International Relations. Courses will be taught in English by professors from Tsinghua University as well as academics from institutions abroad. Visiting entrepreneurs, policy makers and thought leaders from around the world will complement regular classes. Each student will have the opportunity to work closely with a mentor from the Chinese business, academic, and government communities.

Students admitted to the program will receive a full scholarship covering tuition, fees, room, and board; travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year; in-country excursion travel; academic books and supplies; laptop and smartphone; health insurance; and a modest personal stipend.

For more information on founder Stephen Schwarzman's aims in creating this new scholarship, see this interview in Foreign Policy.


Candidates must exhibit academic aptitude and intellectual ability.  Candidates should also possess leadership potential, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to understand other cultures and perspectives. 

Candidates must also:

  • Have an undergraduate degree or be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before August 1 prior to the September start of the program.
  • Have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies. The most competitive candidates will be among the top students in their graduating class.  There is no required minimum GPA.
  • Have English language proficiency. There are no test scores required if applicants have graduated from an undergraduate institution where the language of instruction was English for at least two years of the program.
  • Be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 prior to the September start of the program.
  • Married applicants may apply and will be at no disadvantage in the application process.

There are no citizenship or nationality requirements. 

Application Process

To learn more about how to apply, please see our Canvas site.