Schwarzman Scholarship

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

Schwarzman scholars are chosen annually for this highly selective program to work towards a one-year Master’s Degree 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 will be selected based on their record of demonstrated leadership and their academic credentials. Scholars will spend the year focusing on one of four academic disciplines: public policy, economics and business, 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 5, 2019

National Deadline: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent. 
    Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by August 1 of the year their orientation begins. 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.
  • GPA Expectation: strongly recommend a minimum of 3.5; the most competitive candidates will have at least a 3.7
  • Age Requirement.
    Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of the year they apply.
  • English language proficiency. 
    Applicants must demonstrate strong English language 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. Acceptable test options are:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT)
    • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    Many Chinese applicants to Schwarzman Scholars have had difficulty registering at English language test sites in Mainland China due to high demand. To ensure that talented applicants are not excluded in this first year, we will allow applicants from China to temporarily submit results from CET-6 or TEM-8, using the "additional information" field in the application form. If those candidates are on the shortlist to be invited as a semi-finalist for an interview, they will be required to complete a phone interview before semi-finalist decisions are made. If they are a finalist, their offer of admission will be conditional, and they will still be required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score above the minimum requirements for Schwarzman Scholars before March 1 of their application year.

    This requirement is waived for applicants who graduated from an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least three years of the applicant’s academic program.

Application Process

Current students and recent UChicago alumni are strongly encouraged to submit a Schwarzman Campus Primer. Before you complete a primer or any application materials, please thoroughly read about the Schwarzman Scholars Program, its Admissions Overview, and the Eligibility Criteria.

Campus Application Process: submission deadline - August 5, 2019

(1) Current UChicago students are strongly encouraged to undertake a formal Schwarzman Scholarship Campus Application process. The Schwarzman Scholarship is exceptionally competitive and working closely with CCSA staff on your application will ensure you are putting forward the most competitive dossier possible. The online campus application is DUE August 5, 2019 and includes the following: 

  • A complete ONLINE APPLICATION submitted by August 5, 2019
  • The online application includes uploading in a single document the following: final drafts of your two Schwarzman essays:
    • Essay 1 on Leadership (750 words): Describe at least one distinct example that best illustrates your leadership. This may draw from your professional, academic, or personal life when you demonstrated leadership qualities which highlight:
      • The intellectual/analytical abilities to identify and understand challenges and opportunities, and envision solutions,
      • The initiative to act and communicate why Interpersonal skills to inspire a team effort, and
      • An ability to push through resistance and/or challenges to reach positive results/change for the better. Outline the situation in detail, along with your learning and growth, and how you envision this will impact your aspirations to be a future leader.
      • Consider the following: What was the problem or issue you identified, and why did you choose to act? What was your plan of action? What obstacles or challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? What were the outcomes and impact on the community or purpose? What did you learn and/or what lessons would you pass on to others? How has this experience shaped you as a leader and how does it connect with your vision for future leadership aspirations?
    • Essay 2 Statement of Purpose (500 words): Describe your professional interests and goals and how the program connects with your professional trajectory:
      • What particular social, cultural, business, policy, or global issue is your focus of interest?
      • What are the major factors driving change on this issue?
      • Why are you dedicated to this issue, and what is your vision to lead positive impact in the future?
      • How will the Schwarzman Scholars program and a deeper knowledge of China’s role in the world advance your goals?
    • A comprehensive, two page, Curriculum Vitae (CV).
    • Unofficial transcript. 
  • Three letters of recommendation must be submitted by the stated campus application deadline. At least one of those letters should come from someone who can speak specifically to your leadership activities; at least one, preferably two, should be from academics (research mentors, teaching faculty - any rank). Letters from graduate students, academic advisors, or career advisors are not acceptable. Letters should be emailed confidentially to Nichole Fazio at Please instruct your letter writers to submit letters on letterhead, signed, and written to the "Schwarzman Scholarship Selection Committee". Your letter writers will also submit their letters online via the Schwarzman Application portal.

(2) Alumni: alumni of the College are welcome to work with the CCRF regardless of graduate date. Please submit an online application and contact Nichole Fazio ( as soon as possible for advising support on your Schwarzman application. 

(3) Students who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan: Please be aware that your national application deadline is usually in May of any given application year. If you are a current student, please contact Nichole Fazio ( immediately to begin working on a campus application in an effort to develop a competive application. Your application portal for the Schwarzman is here:

All campus applications are DUE by August 5, 2019. Application materials received after this date will not benefit from comprehensive advising or revision support by CCRF staff.

Post-Campus Application Process: 

  • Following the submission of your complete campus application, you will meet with CCRF staff to go over all recommended revisions and to develop a final submission schedule based on the revision work required. 
  • Candidates will work to upload all additional materials - official transcripts, final CVs, final essays, and the video, directly to the Schwarzman Application portal.
  • All letters of recommendation, following campus review, will be uploaded directly to the Schwarzman application portal by their authors.

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS, including all letters, must be submitted via the Schwarzman Application Portal by the stated national deadline.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Arthur Salvo