Schwarzman Scholars

 

About Schwarzman Scholars
Eligibility
Letters of Recommendation
USC Institutional Assessment Letter
Campus Deadlines
Application Systems & Competition Timelines
Applicant Resources
Schwarzman in the News
USC Contact Person


About Schwarzman Scholars

Per the Schwarzman Scholarship website: Schwarzman Scholars, inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, is a program designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China’s culture, economy, governance and evolving role in the world. Up to 200 Scholars chosen annually from around the world for this highly selective, fully-funded program will have an unrivaled opportunity to live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing first-hand exposure to China, its people and a global group of promising leaders. Scholars will study for a one-year Masters degree in public policy; international studies; or economics and business at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institutes of higher education with a 100 year history of strengthening ties between China and the rest of the world and a record of producing leaders such as President Xi Jinping, former President Hu Jintao, and former Premier Zhu Rongji.


Eligibility

  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
  • Meet age requirement.
  • English language proficiency.
  • 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.  **Average recipient GPA: 3.8

Qualities That Make a Strong Applicant

Per the Schwarzman Scholarship website: A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate trends, strong intellectual capacity and exemplary character.

  • Leadership: the ability to conceptualize, articulate and implement new approaches to existing conditions, with determination, energy and adaptability to drive change despite obstacles. A leader must have the ability to inspire others to help make change happen. Leadership can be demonstrated through many contexts and fields, political, social, business, the arts, and beyond.
  • Intellect: achievements demonstrated through outstanding performance in academic endeavors.
  • Character: personal values and integrity that inspire trust among others.

Specifically, strong applicants demonstrate the following:

  • Evidence of leadership as a process not just positional
  • A linkage to the Schwarzman vision
  • Problem solving and steps taken toward a solution/being a change agent
  • Academic agility (multiple academic programs)
  • High level thinking
  • Ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities
  • A desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions
  • Potential to  benefit from and contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program and network of Schwarzman Scholars alumni
  • A curiosity about China and an adventurous side

Additionally, compelling applicants can clearly answer the following:

  • What do you study now? How do your studies connect to a concentration offered by Schwarzman Scholars? How does this all connect to a clear career trajectory?
  • What is your version of leadership?  (Can range from the lead of a six-member research team to the President of a large organization)
  • Why China? Why is China important as a gateway for your career?
  • Why should you be exposed to a global network with a deep connection to China?
  • Why do you want to pursue a Masters degree in China?
  • What is Tsinghua University’s leadership in your chosen field?
  • How will understanding China help you meet your goals in the 21st century?
  • How do you plan to address a problem that is bigger than yourself? Why is China key to understanding this problem? How can you see yourself making a global impact?
  • If you already have extensive experience in China, how will being a Schwarzman Scholar fill a gap for you?

Letters of Recommendation

Currently Enrolled Undergraduates

  • 2 letters from professors who have taught you in the classroom and can speak to your academic abilities
  • 1 letter addressing your leadership abilities (this can be from an employer, supervisor, mentor, faculty member, or other)
  • 1 institutional assessment letter (from fellowships office)

Graduate Students or Alumni

  • At least 1 academic letter from a professor who can speak to your academic abilities
  • 1 letter of recommendation addressing your leadership abilities
  • For the last two letters, the applicant should choose from the following, focusing on letters that will best reflect their current profile as an applicant: a letter from an employer or mentor commenting on leadership abilities; a second academic letter from a professor; or an institutional letter from a fellowship office.

Chinese Nationals

  • At least 1 academic letter from a professor who can speak to your academic abilities
  • 1 letter of recommendation addressing your leadership abilities
  • For the last letter, the applicant should choose from the following, focusing on letters that will best reflect their current profile as an applicant: a letter from an employer or mentor commenting on leadership abilities; a second academic letter from a professor; or an institutional letter from a fellowship office.

Institutional Assessment Letter

Currently enrolled undergraduates are required to secure an institutional assessment letter from AHF in order to apply for Schwarzman Scholars. USC graduate students, recent alumni and Chinese nationals are also welcome to apply for endorsement to have an institutional assessment letter written on their behalf. To be considered, applicants must meet a campus deadline below. Please note that meeting campus deadlines does not guarantee an interview or USC endorsement.

Endorsed applications will receive mentorship from AHF staff and USC faculty.


Campus Deadlines

Preferred Deadline:  April 3, 2017 at 5pm

Final Deadline: July 7, 2017 at 9am

To be considered for university nomination, candidates must complete the USC Schwarzman Scholars Endorsement Application.


Application Systems and Competition Timelines

China Application System

  • Applicants who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao must apply via the China application system
  • Online application opens in January 2017 and closes on May 31, 2017
  • Interviews: July 2017 in Beijing
  • Admissions Decisions will be made before October 2017

The application for Chinese candidates can be accessed on the Tsinghua University Schwarzman Scholars webpage.

United States/Global Application System

  • Applicants from all other countries and regions must apply using the global application system
  • Online application opens on April 17, 2017 and closes on September 28, 2017
  • Interviews will take place in three locations around the world
  • Admissions Decisions will be made by mid-November 2017

Review the Schwarzman Application page for 2017 Instructions for Applicants


Applicant Resources

Schwarzman Scholars Webinars

June 13, 2017
Africa/Middle East Webinar
10:00 AM EDT
Register here

June 14, 2017
USA/Canada Webinar
7:00 PM EDT
Register here

July 12, 2017
USA/Canada Webinar
5:00 PM EDT
Register here

August 16, 2017
Africa/Middle East Webinar
10:00 AM EDT
Register here

September 6, 2017
USA/Canada Webinar
12:00 PM
Register here


In the News

USC Dornsife student and alumnus named 2018 Schwarzman Scholars (December 1, 2016)

Scholar without borders bridges three continents to improve health care  (May 4, 2017)


Contact

Katie Capra
Associate Director, Academic Honors and Fellowships

Schedule an Appointment

 

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