Schwarzman Scholars Program


The Schwarzman Scholars program, founded by Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of Blackstone, helps prepare the next generation of global leaders 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. Schwarzman Scholars complete a one-year master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University, one of the China’s leading universities. The program also provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors’ network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.


  • Senior or recent alumnus/a
  • Between 18 and 28 years old
  • Proficiency in the English language

Application Materials: 

  • A completed application
  • Two essays, one on leadership and the other a statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Video (optional)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (two pages)
  • Transcripts

Application Procedure:

While this scholarship does not require office involvement, we highly encourage applicants to notify the office by email ( to allow us to help them prepare their written materials before the national deadline in September.

National Application Deadline - September 19, 2023

Applications must be submitted directly using the online application system.

*Note: Applicants who hold passports or permanent resident cards from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao follow a separate cycle with earlier deadlines.

Year at Time of Application: 
Senior or Beyond, Grad Student, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Non-U.S. Citizen
Direct Submission
Area of Interest: 
Business, Humanities, International Relations Political Science and Law
Earliest Application Deadline: 
Sept. – Dec.
Penn-State Sponsored: 
Fellowship Components: 
Graduate School