Award Details

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. The program is designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China's culture, economy, governance, and evolving role in the world. Up to 200 Scholars chosen annually from around the world for this fully-funded program will have the opportunity to live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attend lectures, travel, and gain first-hand exposure to China, its people, and a global group of promising leaders. Scholars will study for a one-year master's degree with options to focus on:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

The curriculum was developed in collaboration with academic leaders from Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Duke and other prestigious universities around the world. All courses will be taught in English and are designed specifically for an elite class of students, drawing on some of Tsinghua University’s most accomplished professors as well as visiting scholars from the world’s leading schools. 

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring program linking them to business, political and civil society leaders and through internships with global and national institutions and corporations based in Beijing.

40% U.S. Scholars
20% China Scholars
40% Scholars from Rest of world


  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent
    Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before orientation begins in August of the Schwarzman scholar year. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field. 
  • English language proficiency 
    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. 
  • Age requirement 
    Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of their Schwarzman scholar enrollment year. 
  • Read more about Eligibility

Application Timeline 

 Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your interest in applying.  Institutional nomination is not required, but candidates who wish to receive advising and feedback must have a draft ready for review by August 1.  

Schwarzman national deadline: September annually

Schwarzman Scholars: Tips from Admissions

OSU Contact 

LeAnn Adam 
Director, OSU National and Global Scholarships Advising 
[email protected]