Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before orientation begins. 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.

Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of the year in which the program begins.


Deadlines fall in early summer and early fall of each year, and vary by citizenship.  Please see the Schwarzman Scholars website for detailed information.


The Schwarzman Scholarship offers a select group of international students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Schwarzman Scholars live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes are to be taught in English. Degrees are available in three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, and International Studies.


The Schwarzman Scholarship is a fully funded, one-year master’s degree program. All students receive tuition, room and board, travel to and from the campus and Beijing, all materials (including a laptop), and a modest stipend.

Application Process

Although there is no official nomination or endorsement process through, Carleton will be asked to complete an Institutional Assessment. If you are interested in applying for the Schwarzman Scholarship, you should contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300/mryanvanzee as soon as possible but no later than two weeks in advance of the official deadline you wish to meet (May or September).

Official Website

Schwarzman Scholarship