Schwarzman Scholarship

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

Read more about the 2016 UChicago Schwarzman Scholars!

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 Primer Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2018

2018 University Endorsement Deadline: Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 National Deadline TBD: Friday, September 28, 2018

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.
  • 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 UChicago alumni are strongly encouraged to submit a scholarship primer. All current University of Chicago students applying for the Schwarzman Scholars Program must submit a campus endorsement application

Complete a Schwarzman Campus Primer ONLINE HERE by: April 9, 2018

Campus Endorsement Application Process: 

(1) Current UChicago students must complete a Schwarzman Scholarship Campus Endorsement Application ONLINE HERE by: May 21, 2018 

  • You will upload all of your Schwarzman essays via the online application form; you can find the complete descriptions of the content of these essays on the Schwarzman website. These should be in final-draft form as your endorsement will be based on these materials. Essays include (3): Personal statement (maxium of 750 words); Leadership essay (maximum of 750 words; and a Current Affairs essay (maximum of 500 words)
  • Three letters of recommendation must be submitted stated campus endorsement deadline. 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'.
  • NOTE: You should request letters from two teaching/academic faculty (they do not have to be tenure track and can be from other institutions) and a professional recommendation from someone who can speak explicitly to your development as leader and of related leadership, service, and/or internship activities outside of the classroom (an internship coordinator, someone aware of your service and leadership activities, an employer). Please do not submit references from academic advisors, career advisors, or graduate students.  

(2) Alumni: Alumni of the College are strongly encouraged to work closely with Nichole Fazio and CCSA staff to develop a competitive application. While you are not required to adhere to the above deadlines, please 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 secure campus endorsement; you must submit your final draft campus application, inclusive of all the materials described above, by May 7, 2018




For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Nichole Fazio-Veigel