Schwarzman Scholarship

Filed under Opportunities, Study Abroad on April 24, 2016.

Stephen A. Schwarzman has established Schwarzman Scholars, a fully-funded program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of the top academic institutions in China, and in April the program begins accepting applications for its second cohort. The program, designed to educate the next generation of political, business and civil society leaders about China’s emerging role in the world, was announced in April of 2013 with both President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China sending letters of support. The program is modeled after the Rhodes scholarship; however, instead of sending exceptional graduate students to Oxford, Scholars will study together in cohort program at Tsinghua University. Schwarzman Scholars will welcome its first class of 111 students in August of 2016. The announcement of this first class was profiled in the New York Times and other media around the world.

The motivation for founding this program is based on a belief that it is absolutely critical that we foster a robust dialogue and a better understanding between China and the rest of the world. Schwarzman Scholars is designed to prepare future leaders to address the challenges of the 21st century and to foster greater understanding of China and its emerging role in the world.

Scholars selected from around the world will pursue a fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Schwarzman College, a newly constructed, world-class academic and residential building we are constructing on Tsinghua’s campus. They will hone their leadership skills through a curriculum designed by leading academics from around the globe and frequent interactions with distinguished guest lecturers. Additionally, Scholars will spend considerable time outside the classroom developing firsthand exposure to China and its people through thematic study tours, a mentoring program and internships with key employers in Beijing. All classes will be taught in English, and students will have the opportunity to study Mandarin. Schwarzman Scholars will recruit an internationally diverse cohort each year, welcoming applicants up to age 28 who have completed an undergraduate degree.

This program has been built with the support of donors from around the world and a distinguished Advisory Board consisting of important leaders including Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Tung Chee Hwa, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Hank Paulson, Bob Rubin, Jim Wolfensohn, Richard Haas, Richard Levin, Sir Colin Lucas, Richard Brodhead, Nobel Laureate Chen Ning Yang, John Thornton, Yo-Yo Ma, and Bob Dudley. More on the program is available at: For more information, please contact Nina Ruben at