Schwarzman Scholars Program

Full funding for a one-year master's degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China

Schwarzman Scholars: At a Glance

Eligibility:

  • Fourth-years(fellowshipsprocess starts in third year)and recent alumni
  • Age: 18-29
  • English languageproficiency

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Academic excellence (average GPA is 3.8 for Schwarzman Scholars)
  • Rationale for pursuing a MA in Global Affairs in China

Candidates for the Schwarzman Scholars program can affirm the following statements:

  • I have had leadership experiences in my college years that demonstrate initiative, ability to work with a team, concrete results, and ambition for others.
  • I can demonstrate that a particular social, cultural, business, policy, or global issue has been a focus of academic, professional, and/or personal interest to me.
  • I can explain how pursuing a MA in Global Affairs in China specifically makes sense for my long-term professional interests and goals.

 

Schwarzman Scholars are chosen annually for this highly selective program to work towards a one-year Master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing—one of China’s most prestigious universities. As individuals who want to have a positive impact on the world, the Scholars are selected based on their record of demonstrated leadership and their academic credentials. Scholars spend the year focusing on one of three academic disciplines: public policy, economics and business, and international relations. Taught in English, all courses are designed specifically for an elite class of students, drawing on some of Tsinghua University’s most accomplished professors as well as visiting scholars from the world’s leading schools. 

Deadline Information

Campus Application Deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of their enrollment year.
  • English language proficiency. Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application. This requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program. The requirement will also be waived for applicants who have studied in English for two or more years at a Master’s degree level or higher. Acceptable test options:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT). Minimum score 600.
    • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). Minimum score 100.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score 7
  • Please consult the Eligibility page on the Schwarzman Scholars website for more information.

Application Process

2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process

For the 2021-2022 award year, the College Center for Research and Fellowships is launching the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process, a new model for Schwarzman Scholars applicant advising and support.  The Schwarzman Scholars program is exceptionally competitive, so participation in the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process and 2020 Schwarzman Scholars Cohort will ensure that you are putting forward the most competitive dossier possible.

Please note: Applicants who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan have a different application process and an earlier national deadline (May 20, 2020). If you are a current student in this situation, please contact Johanna Best (bestjl@uchicago.edu) immediately to begin working on a campus application in an effort to develop a competitive application. Please see the China Application Portal here: http://application.sc.tsinghua.edu.cn/f/login

 

Eligibility for the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process:

  • Current College Students: All students currently enrolled in the College and applying to the Schwarzman Scholars Program are highly encouraged to participate in the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process. 
    • Sign up to join the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process course* and 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Cohort by May 8, 2020.
    • While away from campus during Spring and/or Summer Quarter 2020, students who are part of the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process course* are expected to meet all deadlines and requirements. CCRF will provide online versions of required workshops and opportunities for phone/video appointments. 
  • Alumni of the College: Recent College alumni who have a graduation date of 2016 or later are encouraged to participate in the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process.
    • Sign up to join the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process course* and 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Cohort by May 8, 2020.
    • While away from campus during Spring and/or Summer Quarter 2020, alumni who are part of the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process course* are expected to meet all deadlines and requirements. CCRF will provide online versions of required workshops and opportunities for phone/video appointments. 
    • At this time, CCRF staff are not able to support the Schwarzman Scholars applications of College alumni who had their degrees conferred prior to 2018.
  • UChicago Graduate Students: All graduate students at UChicago should apply through UChicagoGRAD.

Please note: CCRF staff will offer Schwarzman Scholars Program advising, application support, and draft review only to College students and recent alumni who 1) signed up for the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process by May 8, 2020, and 2) are meeting the requirements and deadlines of the Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process.

* The 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process course is not for credit. The course is free and open to any current College student or recent College alumni who is eligible to participate in the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process and committed to fulfilling the requirements.

 

Required Workshops, Appointments, and Deadlines

Please note that the timeline below is an overview only, with dates and requirements subject to addition and change. Members of the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Cohort should refer to the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process course page in Canvas for the latest information about deadlines and requirements.

  • Spring Quarter 2020
    • Register for and participate in two required workshops in the Spring Quarter (1 hour each). 
      • Introduction to the Schwarzman Scholars Program Workshop (required)
        • April 15, 2020 4:30 PM CDT
        • April 21, 2020 12:00 PM CDT
        • May 4, 2020 12:00 PM CDT
      • Schwarzman Scholars Program: Essay Overview Workshop  (required)
        • April 29, 2020 12:00 PM CDT
        • May 1, 2020  4:00 PM CDT
        • May 6, 2020 4:00 PM CDT
    • May 8, 2020: Deadline to sign up for the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process course and 2020 Schwarzman Scholars Cohort.

 

  • Summer Quarter 2020
    • June 16, 2020: Deadline for Leadership Essay First Draft, Statement of Purpose First Draft, and updated CV
    • Attend one required First Draft Review Appointment with a CCRF staff member. CCRF will provide opportunities for phone/video appointments for Schwarzman Scholars Cohort members who are away from campus. 
    • July 9, 2020: Deadline for Leadership Essay Second Draft and Statement of Purpose Second Draft
    • Attend one required Second Draft Review Appointment with a CCRF staff member. CCRF will provide opportunities for phone/video appointments for Schwarzman Scholars Cohort members who are away from campus.
    • August 7, 2020: Deadline for Leadership Essay Third Draft and Statement of Purpose Third Draft
    • August 31, 2020: Deadline for all Schwarzman application essays and supporting documents (e.g., transcript,* updated resume, video, and letters of recommendation) to be submitted to Schwarzman application system.
    • September 22, 2020: National deadline for completion and submission of Schwarzman application.

It is your responsibility to be aware of and work to the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process application procedures and deadlines. The CCRF and its associated staff are not responsible for late submissions, including late or missing letters of recommendation, or missed campus or national deadlines. There is no recourse at the national level for missed deadlines or incomplete applications. Please plan accordingly.

 

Students with disabilities who have been approved for the use of academic accommodations by Student Disability Services (SDS) and need a reasonable accommodation(s) to participate fully in the 2020 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars Campus Process should follow the procedures established by SDS for using accommodations. Timely notifications are required in order to ensure that your accommodations can be implemented. Please contact Johanna Best (bestjl@uchicago.edu) to discuss your access needs for this Campus Process after you have completed the SDS procedures for requesting accommodations.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Johanna Best
773.834.0794
Nichole Fazio