Schwarzman Scholars

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century, the Schwarzman Scholars program funds a one-year master’s degree in public policy, economics and business, or international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Classes will be taught in English, and the program’s curriculum has been designed to build students’ leadership abilities and deepen their knowledge of China in a global context.

The application cycle for the 2025-2026 academic year is now open. The U.S./Global application will close at 2:00 PM CDT on September 12, 2024.


The scholarship covers tuition, fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, an in-country study tour, course books and supplies, a Lenovo laptop and smartphone, health insurance, and a personal stipend.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 28 years of age as of June 30 of the year they would begin study at Tsinghua University.
  • Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from accredited college or university before beginning study at Tsinghua University. You can apply for the scholarship during your senior 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.
  • There is no required minimum GPA, but applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates will be among the top students in their graduating class.
  • There are no citizenship or nationality requirements, but applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English.

Please visit the Schwarzman Scholars website for additional eligibility requirements.

Application and selection process

Applicants submit an online application and accompanying required forms and records directly to the Schwarzman Scholars program. Semi-finalists are invited to in-person regional interviews. Those selected as scholars will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit from but also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program.

Visit the Schwarzman Scholars website for official information on the Schwarzman Scholars program, which supersedes any information provided here.

The Schwarzman Scholars program has provided some Tips from the Admissions Team (pdf): a concise summary of the application instructions and timeline.

More questions? Visit the Schwarzman Scholars FAQs or contact Sarah Linkert in the IRIS Awards Office at

Previous UW-Madison Schwarzman Scholars

Jinwan Park, Political Science

Fangdi Pan, Economics and International Studies

Brian Drout, Political Science
Chien Sheng, Economics and Electrical Engineering

Chandler Davis (finalist), Chinese and Economics