Schwarzman Scholars Program


The Schwarzman Scholars Program seeks young people of high academic achievement and strong leadership potential to study at Tsinghau University for one year.

Having welcomed its inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars in Fall 2016, this program seeks to give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a 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 a master's degree in one of three concentrations:

  • 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. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.


Applicants seeking to participate in the program beginning in Fall 2018 must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university by July 1, 2018 and must between 18-28 years of age.

Selectors seek in equal measure academic excellence and strong leadership ability.

Applicants who apply for the Schwarzman Scholars Program and who are still enrolled as undergraduate students at the time of application must obtain an institutional endorsement from GW.

Length of Award

One academic year.

Amount of Award

The award covers the full cost of the program, including tuition, room and board, travel to and from China, and living stipend.

GW Endorsement Process

All undergraduate students seeking endorsement must submit a copy of their completed online application by Friday, August 18, 2017.

a. A 2017 Schwarzman Scholars application form includes one essay consisting of three parts:

  • A statement of purpose (750 words);
  • Discussion of a leadership experience (500 words);
  • Essay addressing a current issue (500 words).

b. Three recommendation letters, consisting in most cases of two academic recommendations and one letter which addresses the leadership experience discussed above.

c. Resume/CV

d. Transcripts

e. Video, 30 seconds in length in which an applicant introduces him or herself.

For more information

Please contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at