Schwarzman Scholarship

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid August

The Schwarzman Scholarship gives 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 Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China.  Schwarzman Scholars will develop a greater understanding of China’s role in global trends while pursuing degrees in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies.

Eligibility: Seniors or recently graduated students; 18 to 29 years of age; bachelor's degree either completed or to be completed by start of Schwarzman program; English language proficiency; for institutional endorsement, have demonstrated academic excellence (3.80 GPA or above).

Award amount: tuition fees, room and board, program related travel and expenses

Campus nomination: required for currently enrolled students at UCSB. Not required for former students.

UCSB campus application information

Class Level: 

  • Senior

Scholarship Deadline: 

August 17, 2017

Expanded Scholarship Details: 

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.

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, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • 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.

Minimum eligibility requirements:

  1. Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent. Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by August 1 of the program’s starting year, 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. Age Requirement. Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1st of the program’s starting year.
  3. English language proficiency. 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.
  4. For students requiring institutional endorsement, have demonstrated academic excellence (a cumulative UCSB GPA of 3.80 or above).

Campus Application Deadline for 2017: August 17, 2017

Please submit the following for campus endorsement:

  1. Completion of the online application, including all essays and questions, and the uploading of all supporting documents (except the institutional endorsement letter).
  2. A hard copy of the complete on-line application must be submitted to our office at Cheadle 1117 no later than 4:00pm on the day of the campus deadline. 
  3. Three of the four required recommendation letters submitted on-line to the Schwarzman Scholarship by your recommenders (the fourth recommendation letter will be the Institutional Endorsement Letter written by our office if you are nominated). Separately from the upload, your letter writers must also forward copies of their letters electronically to, no later than the day of the campus deadline.

Please hand in all hard copy materials at the following address:

Attention: Scholarships Coordinator
Nick Alward-Saxon
1117 Cheadle Hall
Division of Undergraduate Education
College of Letters and Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2085

If you have any questions, please contact our office at