program

A landmark scholarship for the defining challenge of our time.

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. With a $300 million endowment, it will also be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors.

The 200 scholars chosen annually for this highly selective program will 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 Stephen A. Schwarzman Scholars will be selected based on their academic credentials, extracurricular interests and leadership potential.

During their stay, students will be given access to a privileged range of cultural and academic experiences, from travel to all corners of China to exchanges with global leaders and mentorship with experts in their chosen discipline. They will also spend their year immersed in the local economy and social life—before classes begin, a summer orientation will provide opportunities to learn Chinese, explore Beijing and meet fellow students and faculty.

200 Scholars from around the world

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45% US
20% China
35% Rest of World



Courses of study

  • Public Policy
  • Economics & Business
  • International Relations
  • Engineering

A unique opportunity for the best and brightest.

Starting with our first class in 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. And it will inspire constructive engagement among new generations of leaders, who will be profoundly influenced by the bonds, knowledge and exposure they gain in China.

Each student will spend the year focusing on one of four academic disciplines: public policy, economics and business, international relations and, in the future, engineering. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with academic leaders from Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Duke and other prestigious universities around the world.

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. We will be providing more information on the application process in the near future. Check back or follow us on Facebook for updates.program-callout-img