Schwarzman Scholars Program

Deadline: September 22, 2020 (The deadline for candidates who hold passports from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao is May 20, 2020.)

Read about the 2019 U.C. Berkeley Schwarzman Scholars Program recipient

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. 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. 

The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative master's degree program at Tsinghua University, one of the country's leading universities. Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the world, the curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China's expanding role in the world.

The program also provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentor network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.

  • English language proficiency.

  • Age. Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of your Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year.

Selection criteria

interested candidates will participate in a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. The process includes an online application and credentials evaluation as well as in-person regional interviews. Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit from but also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program.

 Application Requirements

  • A complete and successfully submitted online application(accessible at, including the requested personal statement(s) and supplementary components below.

  • Uploaded transcripts/academic records from every college or university attended

  • Three electronic letters of recommendation 

  • Video

  • Current resume/CV
  •  Statement of Purpose and Leadership Essay AND Current Affairs Essay

* The Schwarzman Scholars Program discourages applicants from submitting any supplemental materials that are not required, such as portfolios, writing samples, additional recommendations, etc. Such materials will not be shared with the Review Committee. 

All U.C. Berkeley Schwarzman applicants, including recent graduates and alumni, are encouraged to make an advising appointment with Alicia Hayes the Schwarzman Scholars Program campus representative.