Schwarzman Scholars Program application open for AY 2021-2022

Interested in China’s role in the 21st century?

The Schwarzman Scholars Program – a highly-selective, fully-funded scholarship program designed to ensure that the next generation of business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world – is currently accepting applications for its 2021-2022 academic year cohort. Anchored in an 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience encompasses unparalleled opportunities in and outside of the classroom, including extensive leadership training, a network of senior mentors, practical training/internships, and travel seminars around China. Scholars will learn about the emergence of China as an economic and political force world-class faculty and guest speakers at the state-of-the-art Schwarzman College. The dynamic core curriculum offers the choice of concentrations in public policy, international studies, or business and economics.

To give interested potential applicants the opportunity to learn more about the Schwarzman selection process and unique elements of the Scholar experience while engaging with Admissions officers, current Scholars, and alumni, the program is offering a slate of webinars over the next several months leading up to the application deadline (September 22, 2020).

Schwarzman Scholars aims to build a professionally diverse cohort each year and welcomes undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals up to age 28 of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Eligible applicants from any field who can articulate how the experience in China will help develop their skills as leaders are encouraged to learn more and apply.

Three UW-Madison alumni have received the scholarship since 2016 (read about the latest here). You could be next!

Admissions officers with the Schwarzman Scholars Program are approachable and interested in connecting with interested applicants. Mark Lilleleht, assistant director of awards in IRIS, is also available to answer questions, provide direction, review applications, and the like. Contact Schwarzman and Mark to learn more!