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Schwarzman Scholarship

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Internal Deadline: September 15, 2017
Liaison: Alex Montgomery

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Description

Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program gives the world’s best students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. 

Students 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 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.

Eligibility

  • 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 before orientation begins in August 2018. 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.
  • Grade point average/class rank. Academic excellence will be a requirement for the program, but leadership potential will be the distinguishing factor for successful candidates. Because applicants will have studied in education systems around the world with different grading systems, there is no required minimum GPA, but applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates will be among the top students in their graduating class. There are no course prerequisites for applicants to the program, although some individual classes at Tsinghua University may have prerequisites.
  • English language proficiency. Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. This requirement is waived for applicants who graduated from an undergraduate institution where the language of instruction was English for at least two years of the program.  
  • Age. Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2018.

Selection Criteria

The Schwarzman Scholars selection process strives to understand candidates as individuals and to assess them within their own academic, professional and cultural contexts.  Applications will be evaluated based on academic achievement and outstanding leadership potential.

Application Procedure

Required Forms and Records include:

  • A complete and successfully submitted online application, including the requested personal statement(s) and supplementary components below.
  • Uploaded transcripts/academic records from every college or university attended (degree or non-degree, full or part-time, undergraduate or graduate).
  • Three electronic letters of recommendation. Four recommendation letters will be required. At least one of these letters must come from a recommender who has had direct experience working with the candidate and can describe the candidate’s leadership potential. For currently enrolled students, one of these letters should come from the Fellowships and Awards Committee.
  • Personal statement & essay. A personal statement AND two essays will be required. The word limits are 750 words for the personal statement and 500 words for each essay.
    1. Personal Statement (up to 750 words): Describe your professional interests and values and how the Schwarzman Scholars program and deeper knowledge of China will help advance your goals. Describe both your short-term objectives for the 1-3 years after the program and your long-term aspirations.  How will you contribute to the community of Schwarzman Scholars and to the program’s mission?
    2. Leadership Essay (up to 750 words): Describe one specific example where you exercised leadership. The essay should examine your personal characteristics that constitute your potential for leadership including: the ability to anticipate upcoming trends; the ability to inspire others to join in an effort to create change; and the character, values, and determination to persevere despite difficult and changing circumstances; or any other personal characteristics that you think are key to your success as a leader.
    3. Current Affairs Essay (up to 500 words): Choose an issue in contemporary social, international, business, environmental, diplomatic, arts, or other policy that is of interest to you. This essay should lay out the current factors and trends influencing the topic and make a realistic recommendation of how local, national, or international leaders should intervene to contribute to a more peaceful and prosperous future.
  • Current resume/CV

 

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