Schwarzman Scholarship

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Campus Deadline: September 10, 2015
National Deadline: October 1, 2015
Campus Interviews: Sept. 23, 24
Stanford Schwarzman Intent to Apply Form
Official Website and Application


Designed to inspire the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the most significant program of its kind since the Rhodes Trust was founded in 1902. The 200 scholars chosen annually for this highly selective scholarship program will work towards a one-year Master’s Degree at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing—one of China’s most prestigious universities and important base for the country's scientific and technological research.

Beginning with the first class in June 2016, Schwarzman Scholars will set a new standard for international study, giving the most talented students a better understanding of the new geopolitical landscape and preparing them for future achievement.

Each student will spend the year focusing on one of three academic disciplines:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

The curriculum was developed in collaboration with academic leaders from Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Duke and other prestigious universities around the world. All courses will be taught in English and 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. 

The 200 students selected from across the globe will gain unrivaled and deep exposure to China through intensive academic study, leadership cultivation, cultural exposure, and crucial relationship building with peers, faculty, and leaders within China and around the world.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring program linking them to business, political and civil society leaders and through internships with global and national institutions and corporations based in Beijing.

45% U.S. Scholars
20% China Scholars
35% Scholars from Rest of world



  • Bachelor’s degree by that start of grant program orientation in July 2016
  • Academic excellence, although there is no minimum required GPA or class rank
  • Must be at least 18 years old but not yet 29 years of age as of June 30, 2016
  • There are no citizenship or nationality requirements

As individuals who want to have a positive impact on the world and who hope to change the course of history, Schwarzman Scholars will be selected based on:

  • Academic credentials
  • Extracurricular interests
  • Leadership potential

The Campus Application Process

Currently enrolled students must go through our campus process administered by the Overseas Resource Center in order receive the Stanford Institutional Endorsement.

Please submit 5 hard paper copies of the following by our campus deadline, September 10, 2015.

  • Schwarzman application
  • Personal Statement (750 word max.)
  • Leadership essay (500 word max.)
  • Current Affairs Essay (500 word max.)
  • Current resume/CV
  • Official transcript

The Stanford applicant's 3 letters of recommendation are to be emailed to Diane Murk dmurk@ stanford or to John Pearson @ stanford with file name as Last_Schwarzman2015
These letters are also due by Sept. 10, 2015.

The online application should not yet be submitted until after the campus interview and endorsement process.

Campus Interviews
More details will be provided on the campus interviews in the near future.


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