This scholarship provides a year of study leading to a Master's degree in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. All courses are taught in English. Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates under the age of 28 are eligible to apply. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible

What They're Looking For

Candidates are evaluated based on their potential to be future leaders in such areas as politics, business, or science, who seek a better understanding of China's role in the world. Students from any major can apply and Mandarin classes are included in the coursework. The program expects to fully fund 200 students annually (90 from the U.S., 40 from China, and 70 from the rest of the world). The Schwarzman Foundation endeavors to mix practical and theoretical knowledge to train those who aspire to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place.

Upcoming Events:

Chinese Student Schwarzman Information Session with Program Officer, Christian Tanja: Friday, March 31, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in 514 IUB

Schwarzman Information Session for all students with Program Officer, Christian Tanja: Friday, March 31, 2017 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 514 IUB

Schwarzman Application Writing Workshop: Monday, April 3, 2017 from 4:00-5:00 p.m in 504 IUB

Final Deadline for those holding passports from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macao.

May 31, 2017

Applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao must officially apply online through the China application system prior to May 31, 2017. Finalists will be invited to interview at Tsinghua University in Beijing in July. The Schwarzman Scholarship does not formally require a university endorsement process for Chinese applicants. Thus, Chinese applicants may choose to independently submit application materials to the Schwarzman. However, if you are interested in obtaining feedback on your application from the National and International Scholarships Program, please provide a complete PDF of your Schwarzman Scholars application and a current résumé for our review. In any case, the National and International Scholarships Program would appreciate a copy of all materials prior to your final submission. We also will provide additional information and coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview.

Priority Deadline for non-Chinese students

June 1, 2017

Students are encouraged to submit a priority application for the Schwarzman Scholarship. University faculty and staff who are familiar with the Schwarzman will review materials received by this date, while only the National and International Scholarships Program will review materials submitted after this date. In either case, we will provide feedback on multiple application drafts both prior to the priority deadline, and from the priority deadline to final submission.

Please submit the following requested information to us via email or mail at 807 South Wright Street, Fifth Floor, MC-317:

  1. A signed Scholarship Waiver (either scanned or in hardcopy).
  2. Three or four letters of recommendation (drafts acceptable). See Schwarzman guidance on whom to ask. Letters should be sent as attachments directly to us at
  3. Résumé.
  4. Personal Statement of 750 words describing your professional interests and how the Schwarzman Scholars program will help advance your goals. 
  5. Leadership Essay of 750 words describing how you have exercised leadership. 
  6. Current Affairs Essay of 500 words discussing a policy issue that is of interest to you.

Review further information about priority deadline requirements.

Required Campus Deadline for non-Chinese students

August 22, 2017 at 12:00 noon

Whether or not you turned in a priority application, a complete Schwarzman application must be submitted to us in order to be considered for University of Illinois endorsement (a requirement to move forward in the competition). Based on your submittal and an interview, a University of Illinois Scholarships Selection Committee will determine your endorsement. The university will endorse those candidates the Committee feels have the potential to be Schwarzman Scholars; up to a handful of applicants will receive this endorsement (there is no limit on the number of endorsements, but the committee is judicious). Committee members may also offer strategic advice on your application.

Required information includes:

  1. A signed Scholarship Waiver (either scanned or in hardcopy).
  2. Three or four letters of recommendation addressing specifically your qualifications as a Schwarzman Scholar. Two letters should be from academics (generally) or professionals in your field. The third letter should focus on leadership and ideally also be aware of the leadership example you used for your essay. Please see Schwarzman criteria for more specific guidelines. For the August 22 deadline, do not register your letter writers online until after you have received endorsement! Instead, have letters sent directly to the National and International Scholarships Program as attachments at topscholars@illinois.eduLetters should be written to the attention of the "Schwarzman Scholarship Selection Committee." 
  3. A complete PDF of your Schwarzman Scholars application.
  4. A current résumé.
  5. Optional 1-minute video introducing yourself.

Endorsed Applicant Deadline for non-Chinese applicants

September 26, 2017 at 12:00 noon

Those candidates who have been endorsed need to upload and submit all required documents (with any revisions) to the online Schwarzman application site, including official transcripts from all colleges (including community colleges where you may have only taken 1 course and study abroad transcripts, unless both the grades and credits of all courses appear on your Illinois transcripts). Once you have been endorsed by Illinois, you will then be asked to register your letter of recommendation writers on your online application. The letters of recommendation should be specifically tailored toward your application as a Schwarzman Scholar and must be received online by this date as well. The National and International Scholarships Program would appreciate a copy of all materials (including letters) prior to submission.

The Final Stages for non-Chinese applicants

The National and International Scholarships Program will submit an official Institutional Assessment Form with your online application. Short-listed candidates will be called for a regional interview. The final selections will be announced shortly after the interviews. The National and International Scholarships Program will coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview.

General Application Tips

Prior Mandarin language or in-country experience in China neither helps nor hinders an application.

Schwarzman Website & Application

For official information on the Schwarzman Scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to the online application, please visit their website.