Schwarzman Scholars

Eligibility

This scholarship funds a one-year Master's degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Open to students from any major and all courses are taught in English. Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates under the age of 28 are eligible to apply. All citizenships are eligible. 

What They're Looking For

Candidates are evaluated based on their potential to be future leaders in their chosen field. The program seeks to augment an individual's leadership goals by providing coursework in public policy, economics, business, and international studies, and a better understanding of China's role in the world. Students from any major can apply and Mandarin classes are included in the coursework. The program funds approximately 140 students annually (40% from the U.S., 20% from Greater China, and 40% from the rest of the world). Schwarzman Scholars endeavors to mix practical and theoretical knowledge to train those who aspire to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place.

Final Deadline for those holding passports from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macao.

May 31, 2019

Applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao must officially apply online through the China application system prior to May 31, 2019. Finalists will be invited to interview at Tsinghua University in Beijing in early July. Schwarzman Scholars does not formally require a university endorsement process for Chinese applicants. Thus, Chinese applicants may choose to independently submit application materials to the Schwarzman. However, if you are interested in obtaining feedback on your application, please provide the National and International Scholarships Program with your application components and current résumé for our review. In any case, the National and International Scholarships Program would appreciate a copy of all materials prior to your final submission. We also will provide additional information and coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview.

Priority Deadline for non-Chinese students

August 22, 2019 at 12:00 Noon

Unlike other prestigious scholarship schemas, Schwarzman Scholars does not formally require a university endorsement process. An applicant may choose to independently submit application materials to Schwarzman Scholars. However, if you are interested in obtaining feedback on your Schwarzman Scholars application from a campus committee, then you need to submit materials by this deadline. University faculty and staff who are familiar with Schwarzman Scholars will review materials received by this date. If materials are submitted late, only the National and International Scholarships program will be able to provide feedback.

Required information includes: 

  1. A signed Scholarship Waiver (either scanned or in hardcopy).
  2. Three letters of recommendation addressing specifically your qualifications as a Schwarzman Scholar. Two letters should be from academics (generally) or professionals in your field. The third letter should focus on leadership and ideally also be aware of the leadership example you used for your essay. Please see Schwarzman criteria for more specific guidelines. For the August 22 deadline, do not register your letter writers online until after you receive your optional review from the National and International Scholaships Program. Instead, have the letters sent directly to the National and International Scholarships Program as attachments at topscholars@illinois.eduLetters should be written to the attention of the "Schwarzman Scholars Selection Committee." 
  3. A complete Schwarzman Scholars application (copy and paste your answers into a Word document if you are unable to create a PDF).
  4. A current résumé, 2-page maximum
  5. Optional 1-minute video introducing yourself.
Final Submittal Deadline for non-Chinese applicants

September 26, 2019

All candidates need to upload and submit required documents (with any revisions) to the online Schwarzman application site, including official transcripts from all colleges. You will also be asked to register your letter of recommendation writers on your online application. The letters of recommendation should be specifically tailored toward your application as a Schwarzman Scholar and must be received online by this date as well. The National and International Scholarships Program would appreciate a copy of all materials (including letters) prior to submission.

The Final Stages for non-Chinese applicants

Short-listed candidates will be called for a regional interview in mid-October. The final selections will be announced shortly after the interviews. The National and International Scholarships Program will coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview.

General Application Tips

Prior Mandarin language or in-country experience in China neither helps nor hinders an application.

Schwarzman Scholars Website & Application

For official information on Schwarzman Scholars (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to the online application, please visit their website.