The Schwarzman Scholars program is designed to train future leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing exceptional students from around the world to understand China, its role in global trends and their role as future leaders.
The program provides Scholars the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scholars live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, where all classes are taught in English and pursue a Masters in Global Affairs, with concentrations in one of the following disciplines: public policy, economics and business, and international studies. The concentration gives students an opportunity to focus on aspects of global affairs they may not have previously studied.
Schwarzman Scholars will be selected on the basis of their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, as well as their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions.
Rising seniors, graduating seniors, and recent graduates of Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies are eligible, provided they meet scholarship criteria and are at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 in the year of the start of the program.
University nomination and program deadlines
No University nomination is required for this program and application deadlines vary based upon citizenship. Applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao must apply online by an earlier deadline.
All applicants should create an account in the Schwarzman application portal and complete all application materials there by the deadline relevant to the passport held. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your recommenders through the Schwarzman website portal by the deadline as well. See the Schwarzman website for the program's suggested guidance on who to ask for your letters of recommendation.