Schwarzman Scholarship

Dates and Deadlines

Campus application deadline:
One month prior to the scholarship application deadline

Scholarship application deadline:
June 15, 2016 - Citizens of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao

September 15, 2016 - Citizens of all other countries


Schwarzman Scholars receive full scholarship funding covering tuition, fees, room and board; travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year; in-country excursion travel academic books and supplies; Lenovo laptop and smartphone; health insurance; and a modest personal stipend for a 1 year graduate program at Schwarzman College of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.         


Up to 200 Schwarzman Scholars will study and live at Schwarzman College in Tsinghua University where they will focus on Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Relations.  Schwarzman Scholars will all partake in a core curriculum, receive extensive leadership development, mentorship, and cultural opportunities and excursions to experience China.  Leadership is a primary focus of the Schwarzman Scholars program and will be “the distinguishing factor for successful candidates.”  All classes will be conducted in English.


  1. Citizens from any country may apply.  The selected scholars will be 45% from the U.S. 20% from China, and 35% from the rest of the world. 
  2. 18-28 years old as of June 30th of the year student would begin as a Schwarzman Scholar
  3. Completion of undergraduate degree before starting at Tsinghua University
  4. Academic excellence.  While GPA is not defined, students should be “among the top students in their graduating class”
  5. Must be proficient in the English language


Applicants should be at or near the top of their undergraduate class, have an interest in China (though previous experience in China or the ability to speak Chinese is not a requirement), plans to study in one of the Schwarzman Scholars focus areas, an extensive record of leadership, and a clear idea of their future career goals and how participating in the Schwarzman Scholars program will help them achieve their goals.

Applicants need to have 3 outstanding letters of recommendation to apply.  If applying while still enrolled at UC Davis or as a recent alumni it is expected that 2 of the letters should come from faculty.  If applying after graduating several years ago, it is likely that all 3 letters will be from outside of academia.  All applicants must have at least 1 letter that speaks about the leadership experience contained in the application essay.



To be considered a student needs to submit completed copies of the following documents by the campus deadline to the Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships Office at

  1. Applicant Profile
  2. Schwarzman Online Application