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Schwarzman Scholarship

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The program was created in 2013 and welcomed its first cohort to Beijing’s Tsinghua University in 2016 with the aim of improving strategic communication in leadership between China and the rest of the world.

The Schwarzman Scholarship enables future leaders to earn an 11-month master’s degree in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities.

In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development, and cultural exchange, students 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 that will build strong ties between China and the rest of the world.


If you are accepted and participate in this program, you will:

  • Earn an 11-month Master of Global Affairs from a prestigious university in China
  • Tailor your degree to meet your learning goals through a large catalogue of course offerings
  • Develop your leadership through training, senior mentors, and Beijing-based internships
  • Enjoy regular “fireside” chats and guest speaker opportunities with world leaders
  • Participate in a week-long deep dive field-based course
  • Present your experience and learning in a final capstone project


The scholarship covers:

  • academic fees
  • flights to and from your home country
  • accommodation on the main campus in the Schwarzman College in Beijing


To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • hold an undergraduate degree or be due to graduate before August 1 of your Schwarzman Scholars enrolment year, in any subject area. There is no minimum GPA requirement. 
  • be over 18 years of age and under 29 years of age as of August 1 of your Schwarzman Scholars enrolment year. 
  • submit proof of your English language competency if English is not your first language: TOEFL PBT minimum score 600 or TOEFL iBT minimum score 100, or IELTS minimum score 7.0. 

There are no citizenship or nationality requirements.

Mandarin skills are not required.


The evaluation process includes the online application and interview(s).

Applications are arranged by citizenship/permanent residency status:

  •  Applicants who hold passports or permanent resident cards from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao, regardless of where they attended university or reside, will apply between January – May of the Schwarzman Scholars application year through the China application portal. Selections will be made in September 2022.
  • Global applicants apply by September 2022, with selections made in November 2022. 

In addition to the online application, you must submit the following:

  • Resume (2 pages maximum)
  • Transcripts/academic records
  • Essays (2)
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Video (optional)

Any other documents or materials will not be reviewed. Once applications are reviewed, a select number of candidates are invited for interviews in late October or early November.

The University of Toronto has contributed past Schwarzman Scholars. Read their bios to learn about the program, application information and their highlights.

Currently, all admissions events are being hosted online. Check the calendar of events.

Still have questions? Read more in the Schwarzman Scholars FAQ.

Register for the upcoming info session on March 24th at 12pm-1pm here.

All inquiries about the Schwarzman Scholarship application process should be directed to