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Schwarzman Scholars

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Scholarship supports a year of graduate study leading to a Master's degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students can decide between three concentrations: Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies. Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English.

Applicants must:


  • have an undergraduate degree by the start of the program
  • demonstrate academic excellence
  • demonstrate strong English skills
  • be at least 18 but not yet 28 year of age by the start of the program

Schwarzman Scholars will be selected on the basis of not only their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, but also their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate paradigm changes, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions.

Current undergraduates must obtain University endorsement. If you are interested in applying for this award, please contact us!

Application Timeline

Applicants with passports from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macao

Program Deadline: May 31

Applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Macao must submit an online application through the China application system prior to May 31. Finalists will be invited to interview at Tsinghua University in Beijing in July.

The Schwarzman Scholars program does not require a university endorsement process for Chinese applicants, but the Center for Scholar Development is able to provide feedback on your materials prior to submission. If you are interested in meeting with a Fellowships advisor or receiving feedback on your application, please submit a complete PDF of your application and a current résumé at least three weeks prior to the official deadline. We also will provide additional information and coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview.

all other applicants

2021-22 Program Deadlines

  • Submit an Intent to Apply Form Deadline: May 15
    Students interested in seeking Drexel University endorsement for the Schwarzman Scholars program should submit an Intent to Apply form as soon as possible to set up a meeting with the Schwarzman Scholars campus representative to discuss the program and any steps you can take now to become a more competitive applicant.

    Qualified students who submit an Intent to Apply form by May 15 each year will work closely with a Fellowships Advisor and experienced Drexel faculty/staff, who will help the candidate clarify goals and values, assist with application details, and contribute to draft the letter of endorsement on behalf of the University.

    Candidates who submit an Intent to Apply form after May 15 are not guaranteed the same level of advising, but will be considered for university endorsement if they submit materials by posted campus endorsement deadlines.

  • Campus Endorsement Deadline: August 1
    Campus Endorsement will be based on submitted materials and a campus committee interview. Endorsed candidates may receive strategic advice and feedback on the application and interview from the campus committee and Fellowships Advisors. Campus endorsement is NOT required to apply.

    Please contact us for information about how to apply for campus endorsement.

  • Endorsed Applicant Deadline: September 
    Candidates who receive Drexel endorsement need to upload and submit all required materials to the online Schwarzman application site. Once you are endorsed by the university, you will be asked to register your recommenders in the online application. These letters should be specifically tailored to the Schwarzman Scholars program and must be received by the application deadline.

    The Center for Scholar Development requests copies of all materials (including your letters) before submission to the program.

Finalists and Selection

Finalists will be called for a regional interview. The Center for Scholar Development will coordinate mock interviews for any students called for a regional interview. Scholars are announced shortly after the interviews.

Additional Information and Resources

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

Related Awards:
Fulbright U.S. Student Program; Marshall Scholarship; Mitchell Scholarship

Last updated: April 2020

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Tsinghua University, China

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident
  • Citizen of another country

Program Length:

  • 1 year


  • March (students holding passports from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macao); August (non-Chinese students) 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG


  • Tuition, fees, room & board, travel to and from Beijing at beginning and end of academic year, in-country study tour, books and supplies, Lenovo laptop and smartphone, health insurance, personal stipend.