Schwarzman Scholars Program – Fully Funded Scholarships for Future Leaders


The Schwarzman Scholars Program is one of the first scholarships that have been created in order to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. The main goal is to prepare young leaders to make a connection between China and the rest of the world. This program doesn’t focus on only one academic purpose, but it also covers politics, business and science.

With that said, young students who are interested in getting a scholarship in China should be pleased to find out that the Schwarzman Scholars Program is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year to study in China.

Schwarzman Scholars Program 2020-2021: Benefits

The students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Required course books and supplies
  • Health insurance
  • A stipend of $4,000 for personal expenses
  • Schwarzman Scholars will be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors.


  • Academic Curriculum

The program’s curriculum has been designed to build students’ leadership abilities and deepen their knowledge of China and global affairs. All Schwarzman Scholars share a core curriculum that serves as an anchor for the rest of their studies and builds connections among them as a cohort.

In addition to the core curriculum, Scholars are able to choose elective courses from a variety of academic disciplines, mainly but not exclusively from the fields of economics, public policy, and international relations, many with a specific or comparative focus on China.  Scholars can focus their electives in one of these fields if desired.

  • Leadership Development

Leadership development is woven throughout the Schwarzman Scholars program from Orientation through the academic year and embedded in alumni programming after Scholars leave the College.  It is a vital part of both academics and student experience.

To provide a foundation for the interactions students will have with mentors and through internships, the program offers courses and skills-building workshops focused specifically on leadership development.

  • Language Classes

All international students take required Mandarin classes during the fall term as part of their coursework. Courses are then optional for the remainder of the year.  Beginner to advanced level courses are available – scholars will take a placement test prior to the start of classes to determine their class.

Chinese students will take advanced English language classes, focusing on writing and presentation skills, and professional and academic English.

  • Mentors Network

Each student will have the opportunity to work closely with a senior mentor. Leading members of the Beijing business, academic, government, and NGO communities will help advance students’ understanding of Chinese society, culture, and career paths, and support personal growth.

  • Deep Dive

The Deep Dive is a one-week, mandatory, for-credit field-based course that gives students the opportunity to learn about a different region of China as well as explore a research topic related to broader themes of economic, social, and political development.

Destinations  of Deep Dive have included Xi’an, Baoji, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen, and Shijiazhuang/ Xiong’an New Development Zone. Deep Dives that focus on business development visit prominent state-owned and private companies as well as start-ups to learn how these companies and their leaders are adjusting to the rapidly changing business landscape of China.

Deep Dives that focus on social development visit schools, nursing homes, community centers, and small business incubators to see how cities and communities are addressing issues such as rural development, left-behind children, and China’s rapidly aging population.

Students also have the opportunity to meet with local government officials in each city to discuss business and social development-related issues. Faculty join each of the Deep Dives in order to contextualize what the students are seeing and experiencing, to lead discussion sessions, and to help connect the visits to courses taught in the program.

  • Career Development

Career Development encompasses a broad array of post-program goals – from pursuing a job search across myriad industries and geographies to applying to graduate school, to developing professional skills to further strengthen your long-term career aspirations.

Support is available via individual coaching, programs and events, site visits, and resource materials and databases.

  • Practical Training Project

The Practical Training Project (PTP) program enables students to apply what they have learned in the classroom by working in small groups on consulting-style projects for leading Chinese and international companies in a variety of fields, including finance, consulting, manufacturing, law, accounting, and sports, as well as nonprofit organizations addressing issues related to the environment, women, children, and education.

Schwarzman Scholars works with host organizations to identify projects that meet their business or institutional needs, while also enabling students to get first-hand experience working within the Chinese context.  PTP is a mandatory course.

  • Events on Campus and Beyond

Academic life will also be enriched by a range of extracurricular opportunities, from interactions with high-level visiting speakers at Schwarzman College to casual social activities at the student pub and extraordinary evenings with performing artists.

  • Opportunities after the program

The inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, diverse in their backgrounds, experiences, and countries of origin pursued post-program endeavors that reflect these diverse interests and experiences.

Schwarzman Scholars Program 2020-2021: Criteria


  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent. 

Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year.

There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it is important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.

  • Age Requirement.

Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year.

  • English language proficiency. 

Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application.

This requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program. The requirement will also be waived for applicants who have studied in English for two or more years at a Master’s degree level or higher.

The following items are not part of minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Marital status. 

Married applicants may apply and will be at no disadvantage in the application process. Spouses/partners may accompany Schwarzman Scholars to Beijing, but Scholars are expected to live in the dormitory and participate fully in the program like other students. Spouses/partners may not live in the dormitory, and no additional funding will be provided to support spouses/partners living off-campus.

  • There are no citizenship or nationality requirements.

  • Grade point average/class rank/pre-requisites.  

Academic excellence is a requirement for successful applicants, but there is no minimum GPA or class rank required to apply. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates are among the top students in their graduating class.

There are no course prerequisites for applicants to the program, although some individual classes at Tsinghua University may have prerequisites.

  • Regions:

Open for All

Official Letter and Deadline

We are advising all the students who are interested in Schwarzman Scholars Program visit the Official website for more information.

Make sure you are aware of the deadline.

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