Schwarzman Scholars opportunity


The Schwarzman Scholars team is proud to have supported the National Economics Challenge for the last couple of years. Our Founder, Stephen A. Schwarzman, the CEO, Chair and Co-Founder of Blackstone, had a vision of bringing together from around the world a group of talented young leaders in many different fields. Through their time as Schwarzman Scholars, they not only advance in their growth as individual leaders, but they also become a network of people who will throughout their careers serve as a link between their home countries and China.

The excellence, drive, and initiative demonstrated by the NEC participants we’ve met during our partnership suggests that you may be on the path toward the kind of leadership we see in Schwarzman Scholars. The application opened this week to select the fifth cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. More detail is below.

We hope that you will explore this extraordinary opportunity to build bonds with Chinese young leaders and their counterparts from all over the world, while earning a fully-funded Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University, the top university in China.

Our admissions team will happily answer your questions in webinars throughout the spring and summer ( or by


  • Deadline for Chinese Applicants for 2020 entry: May 31, 2019
  • Deadline for US & International Applicants for 2020 entry: September 26, 2019

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly-selective, fully-funded scholarship program, based at the distinguished Tsinghua University in Beijing, designed to build a global community of young leaders in business, political and civil society who can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world. We aim to achieve this by (1) recruiting promising young leaders from around the world, people who have the ambition and talent to take on executive roles in government, civil society or business (2) educating them about China’s global role via a one-year Master’s in global affairs at Tsinghua and (3) linking them to senior mentors in their field in China and to their peers among China’s rising young leaders. It is an unparalleled introduction to China and its role in the world.

A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential and interpersonal skills, the ability and initiative to anticipate and act on emerging opportunities, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character.

Schwarzman Scholars aims to build a professionally diverse cohort each year, and welcomes undergraduates/graduates and young professionals up to age 28 from any field who can articulate how the experience in China will help develop their skills as leaders. We expect the largest number of applications from fields and professions that are heavily influenced by trends in China, including but certainly not limited to economics, political science, sociology, history, business, public policy, international studies, environmental studies, energy, health, climate, urban studies, trade and others.

The program was launched with endorsements from Xi Jinping and Barack Obama and was designed with input from a wide array of advisors including former Canadian Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney; former United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger; former United States Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice; former President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn; former President of Yale University, Richard Levin; and former Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, Sir Colin Lucas, Nobel Laureate Chen Ning Yang, among many others.

Deadlines for the 2020/21 class are May 31, 2019 for applicants with Chinese passports (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan issued passports); September 26, 2019 for all other passports. For more information on the program, please feel free to access the following resources:

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