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Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars

WebsiteEligibilityDeadline Seniors Aug. 15, 2018


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. Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing—one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: public policy, economics and business, and international studies. Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics, and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.


  1. Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by Aug. 1, 2018, 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.
  2. Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of Aug. 1, 2018.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application. This requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least three years of the applicant’s academic program.  The requirement will also be waived for applicants who have studied in English for three or more years at a Master’s degree level or higher.


Schwarzman Scholars will be selected on the basis of not only their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, but also their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions.

Application Procedure

1. Schedule an appointment to meet with Dean Amanda McCarthy, preferably during your junior year but no later than May 1 prior to your senior year, to discuss your goals and to see if the Schwarzman Scholars program would be appropriate.
2. Begin the Schwarzman application online, and list Dean Amanda McCarthy as one of your recommenders.  If nominated by the institution, Dean McCarthy will provide the required institutional nomination.
3. Send the following Schwarzman application components to Dean McCarthy at by the campus deadline of Aug. 15, 2018:
  • Transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • An essay in three sections:
    • personal statement (up to 750 words)
    • leadership essay (up to 750 words)
    • current affairs essay (up to 500 words)

For more information on the aforementioned application details, access the U.S. application here.

Preference will be for all application documents to be sent in one singular PDF. Letters from references can be submitted separately by the letter writer either electronically to or via U.S./campus mail to the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University, 357 Sears Building, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-7028.

4. Campus interviews are required for all candidates. Times will be identified for interviews based on your class schedule and committee availability. Interviews will take place in late August. (See schedule below.)
5. Following the campus interview, application feedback will be provided to the candidates for revision prior to the national submission deadline.
6. Complete final application by the national deadline. Campus endorsement will be completed and submitted to Schwarzman.
Application Timeline
Campus deadline (reference letters included) Aug. 15, 2018
Interview scheduling and confirmation Aug. 15-17, 2018
Campus interviews Aug. 27-31, 2018
Institutional nominations completed Sept. 1-15, 2018
National deadline  TBD

Value of the Award

Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:

  • tuition fees
  • room and board
  • travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • an in-country study tour
  • required course books and supplies
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • health insurance
  • stipend of $3,500


The Schwarzman Scholars admissions team has representatives in every region to help with inquiries. To contact a  United States representative, email

For technical questions related to the application, please contact

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