Schwarzman Scholarships

Schwarzman Scholarships fund young leaders to spend a year at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Scholars are 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.

Scholars have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University – one of China’s most prestigious universities. All classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
    Public Policy
    Economics and Business
    International Studies

While there is no minimum grade point average, academic excellence is required for success in the program, and successful applicants will typically have been in the top of their graduating class. 

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Fall 2018 Applications
If you're interested in applying for the Schwarzman Scholarship and are seeking an endorsement from William & Mary (required for current undergraduates, optional for graduate students and alumni), you must:
1) meet with the Director of National Fellowships to discuss the application; and
2) submit all of the application materials for assessment to no later than 12 p.m. on August 15.

Applicants should send their materials to as email attachments in .pdf or Word format. Recommenders must email their letters directly to the Director of National Fellowships as attachments, also by 12 p.m. on August 15.

The application materials are:

  • W&M Schwarzman questionnaire - you must log in with your wm user name
  • An essay in three sections - follow instructions on this page
  • Transcripts/Academic Records
    Applicants should email an unofficial transcipt to If selected as a nominee, you must submit an official transcript.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae - 2 Pages Maximum
    Please attach your most recent Resume or Curriculum Vitae. It is critical that this document demonstrates your leadership experience
  • Video Introduction
    Submission of a video is strongly encouraged but not required. Please provide a short self-introduction video of no more than one minute. Please introduce yourself in any style or setting you think best conveys your interests and personality. The point of this recording is to allow the committee to hear you introduce yourself in your own voice and style. A video taken on your mobile, laptop or digital camera will suffice; we do not expect or encourage applicants to use professional equipment, production or editing. The technical quality of the video is not as important as the content, but the committee must be able to see and hear you.  Please save the video on YouTube, VIMEO or a similar service that is readily accessible and provide the direct link to the page in your email to Lisa with your attached materials.  Do NOT password protect the video. The file must be less than 20 MB.
  • Letters of recommendation (recommenders email these directly to the Director of National Fellowships)
    • Four letters of recommendation. All letters should be emailed to Endorsed applicants will ask their recommenders to upload letters to the online application.
      At least one of the four letters must come from a recommender who can comment on the specific examples of leadership described in the candidate’s application, but the recommender must at least be able to comment on the candidate’s leadership qualities from direct knowledge of the candidate.
      Currently Enrolled Undergraduates: one of the four letters should be an institutional letter of recommendation: This brief letter should provide the following information:  If this student is an undergraduate, is s/he on track to complete all requirements for a Bachelor's Degree (or its equivalent) before August 1, 2018; If this student is an undergraduate when will the degree be awarded; Is there anything additional and specific about this candidate that you feel the selection committee should know that is not likely reflected in other parts of the application? This letter will come from the Charles Center.

The campus endorsement committee will review application materials and notify candidates of their status by August 31. Interviews will take place the week of September 3.

September 28: Application deadline for endorsed candidates

Mid-October: Invitations to interview issued.