Schwarzman Scholars Program

Schwarzman Scholar Program

Designed to inspire the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the most significant program of its kind since the Rhodes Trust was founded in 1902. With a $350 million endowment, it will also be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors.

The scholars chosen annually for this highly selective program will work towards a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing—one of China’s most prestigious universities. As individuals who want to have a positive impact on the world, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Scholars will be selected based on their academic credentials, extracurricular interests, and leadership potential.

During their stay, students will be given access to a privileged range of cultural and academic experiences, from travel to all corners of China to exchanges with global leaders and mentorship with experts in their chosen discipline. They will also spend their year immersed in the local economy and social life—before classes begin, a summer orientation will provide opportunities to learn Chinese, explore Beijing and meet fellow students and faculty.

UT students interested in applying to Schwarzman Scholars must contact Andrew Seidler (, Director of the ONSF, to discuss their candidacy and the application process, which requires an institutional letter of recommendation facilitated by the ONSF.


  • Applications will open this March and April for the 2018/2019 class of Schwarzman Scholars.

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