Schwarzman Scholars Program

Information Session:  Global Grad Scholarships Week - March 5-8, 2024

Campus Deadlines:  
U.S. & global applicants - August 2024 TBD

China, Macao, Taiwan, Hong Kong Applicants - April 2024 TBD

Fields of Study: Open

Funding for: 1 year master's in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University

Begin Application: Junior year, senior year (leaves a gap year after graduation), or as a graduate student or alumnus

Foundation Website: 
China, Macao, Taiwan, Hong Kong applicants, additionally consult:


The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative one-year master's degree program at Tsinghua University, one of China's leading universities. In an environment that emphasizes interaction and collaboration, students will learn to cultivate global perspectives, a key characteristic of successful leaders. The curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds through learning opportunities with leaders from China and around the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors network, and intensive travel seminars. Each new cohort of Schwarzman Scholars will join a global network of the world's most talented young leaders, helping to build stronger links between China and a rapidly changing world.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent by August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year.
  • At least 18 years, but not more than 29 years of age by August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year.
  • English language proficiency
  • Citizens of any nation may apply

Candidate Profile

  • Academic excellence
  • Outstanding leadership or leadership potential
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to take risks
  • Exemplary character as demonstrated in letters of recommendation
  • Desire to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions and facilitate culural exchange
  • Desire to find innovative solutions to problems and effect change
  • Graduate students and alumni as well as exceptional juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Experiences beyond undergraduate academics through internships, community service, work experience, and/or graduate coursework are typical components of strong candidates.

Application Components

U.S. and Global Applicants:

  • Online application for U.S. and global applicants
  • Transcript(s) 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Two essays (Leadership Essay and Statement of Purpose)
  • Video (optional)

China, Macao, Taiwan, Hong Kong Applicants:

  • Online application for Chinese applicants
  • Transcript(s) 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Two essays (Leadership Essay and Statement of Purpose)
  • Video

Application Procedure

While students and alumni can apply directly to the Program, it is in the best interest of applicants to work through Purdue's review process. This involves support throughout preparation of the application materials and a final review by a faculty committee who will provide additional support and feedback to help applicants craft the strongest application possible.

Detailed campus application information is provided directly to applicants once they declare their intention to apply.