Schwarzman Scholarship

“Those who will lead the future must understand China today.” – Stephen A. Schwarzman

Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman Scholarship is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.  Schwarzman Scholars study for a one-year Master’s degree program in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research.  Scholars chosen for this program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.

Eligibility & Qualifications

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18-28 years old.
  • Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree before beginning study at Tsinghua University
  • 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

Application Procedures & Selection Criteria

This coming year 125 students will be selected as Schwarzman Scholars, with 45% of scholars coming from the United States, 20% from China, and 35% from the rest of the world.  The program is open to students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.

  • A completed Schwarzman Scholars application form
  • Transcripts for every college or university attended
  • 4 letters of recommendation (At least one of these letters must come from a recommender who can comment on the specific examples of leadership described in the candidate’s application.  For current Rutgers students, one of these letters must also come from the Office of Distinguished Fellowships)
  • Personal statement
  • Leadership Essay
  • Current affairs essay
  • Current resume/CV
  • Video (Submission of a video is strongly recommended but not required.  The video can be up to one minute in length, and candidates are invited to introduce themselves in any style or setting they think best conveys their interests and personality)

In addition to evaluating applicants’ proven intellectual ability, the admissions process is heavily focused on evaluating applicants’ leadership potential, strength of character, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions.  Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit from but also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program.



The application can be found on the Schwarzman Scholars website,, and must be submitted by September 27, 2018.  Finalists will be invited to interview in Bangkok (October 28th), London (November 2nd), or New York (November 7th) and will be notified of their acceptance in mid-November of 2016.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey