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Schwarzman Scholars Program

China Applicants - Application Deadline: May 19, 2024

US Applicants - Application Deadline: September 19, 2024

Open to: Rising seniors and recent graduates
Award type: Academic
Area(s) of study: All fields
Award criteria: leadership; academic achievement; interest in cultural exchange
Award provides:  Funding for a one-year research Master’s degree in public policy, economics and business, or international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China
Open to international students: Yes
Institutional Support or Endorsement Required: This award no longer includes an option for Emory endorsement. However, if you wish to receive advising support, including feedback from National Scholarships and Fellowships Program staff, and participate in a preparatory interview, you will need to begin your application and indicate your intent to apply by April 30, 2024 for the China application, and August 1, 2024 for the US application. 

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  • Must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of June 30 of the year of application.

The Schwarzman Scholars Program supports a one-year Master’s degree in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The Schwarzman Scholars Program is immersive, including travel throughout China, internships, cultural experiences, and networking opportunities. Scholars will live and study in Schwarzman College, an academic and residential center designed for the Schwarzman Scholars Program. Courses are taught in English. Scholars will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular interests, leadership potential, character, and a demonstrated desire to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions. The program is open to students who already have expertise in China, as well as those who do not.

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  • Personal Statement
  • Leadership Essay
  • Current Events Essay
  • Four letters of recommendation**
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé


** Applicants who hold Chinese passports must apply through the China competition, for which there is no institutional endorsement process. Applicants who are American citizens or hold passports from countries other than China apply through the US competition. Currently enrolled students who wish to receive an institutional assessment as one of their four references must submit a complete application by August 9 and participate in the competitive interview process.



  • Veronica Chua (’19C, ‘19GATech) Economics and Mathematics
  • Elliot Ji (’19C) Political Science, Philosophy
  • Echo Zeng (‘15Ox, ‘17BBA)  Business Administration, Political Science


  • Caiwei Huang ('17C; '17G), Political Science
  • Zihao Zhang ('16B), Business Administration; Mathematics & Economics
If you are interested in learning more about the application process and recommended timeline, visit our main Canvas course.

If you are not currently enrolled in our Canvas course, you may self enroll.
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