Schwarzman Scholars program

Fellowship Information

NC State Endorsement Required:
Yes (except for alumni)


The Schwarzman Scholars program is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, and it is the first award created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. The success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends, especially in politics, business, and science. The inaugural class enrolled in August 2016. Students live and study together at the world-renowned Tsinghua University on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes are taught in English.

Who Should Apply:

Students and alums who are not older than 28 on August 1 in their application year. Candidates include those in a variety of fields who want to earn a master’s degree from Tsinghua University in either public policy, international studies, or economics/business. Applicants should also be committed to developing their leadership skills and professional networks. All undergraduate majors welcome. Academic excellence is expected. Campus nomination/endorsement is required only for students completing undergraduate degrees who are also applying in the U.S./global competition.

Your application essays and materials should include a strong rationale for participation in the program, its connection to your short- and long-term aspirations, and how you will contribute to the program. Several (at least three and up to four) strong, detailed references are important. A short introductory video is recommended, but not required. Scholars are chosen after an in-person interview day.

NOTE: If you hold a passport from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao, you must apply in the China competition instead of the U.S./Global competition, unless you get special approval from the award organization. The China competition deadline is May 2017; please contact us early if you request application feedback.

Program Duration:

One year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Number & Amount Available:

Approximately 100 awards globally. The award’s funding includes fees, living expenses, travel expenses, a personal stipend, health insurance, and some supplies.

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:

Applicant Information

Recommended GPA:
3.5 and above (unweighted)
Academic Level:

Documents, Deadlines, and Submission Instructions

NC State Campus Deadline:

August 1, 2017 by 5PM ET

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, you should email FAO staff and share your interest. You should also meet with FAO staff at least once early in the campus, or endorsement, application process. A strong endorsement application typically requires multiple drafts over a period of several weeks or months, and it should be treated as your final application. We therefore recommend that you meet with us as early as possible so that we can get to know you and give you feedback on your campus application.

In order to submit an endorsement application, you must submit your materials by the campus application deadline posted with our online submission form (click for the link). Please be sure to look at the online submission form before you are ready to submit to make sure everything is formatted correctly. Letters of recommendation are also due by that deadline, but should be submitted by the recommendation writer as noted below.

Download application instructions for the campus deadline here as a PDF file.

Letters of Recommendation: It is a good idea to share with your recommenders a draft of your application. Please be sure to read, and then share with each recommender, the guidance from FAO that provides instructions for what to include in the letter. This letter is posted below.

You should not have access to your letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will need to submit their letters of recommendation with a different online submission form (click for the link). If they need to submit with a different method or have any difficulty, they should contact FAO staff.

Download letter of recommendation guidance here as a PDF file.

Schwarzman Scholars program NC State endorsement interview date (interview required for endorsement):
To be confirmed. Please hold the following date and time on your calendar: August 18, 2017, 8AM-5PM ET. If you will be out of town and cannot reschedule, contact us immediately and no later than the campus deadline.
National Deadlines for Campus Representatives:
Vary; U.S./Global competition deadline is September 2017