Schwarzman Scholarship

The Schwarzman Scholars Program 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.  Schwarzman provides annual funding for up to 200 postgraduates from the US, China, and around the world to complete a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.


  1. There are no citizenship or nationality requirements.  Note: SDSU international students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan are required to follow the application instructions and timeline for “Chinese citizens”.
  2. 18 years of age or older, but not yet 29, on August 1, 2018
  3. Must complete undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent, by August 1, 2018.
  4. No GPA requirement, but average GPA of Schwarzman Scholars is 3.80 (range is 3.4 - 4.0).
  5. Applicants must show outstanding leadership ability, academic distinction, and integrity of character.
  6. All Schwarzman Scholars enroll in Tsinghua University’s Masters of Global Affairs, with a concentration in Public Policy, Economics & Business, or International Studies.  Applicants must make a compelling argument regarding how this specific program will advance their career goals.
  7. Current SDSU graduate students are eligible as long as they meet all requirements above, and do not require SDSU endorsement.
  8. All current SDSU undergraduate students must receive endorsement through the process below.  Without endorsement, currently enrolled undergraduates cannot be considered.  Exception: The application process for Chinese citizens does not require SDSU endorsement.

Application Process for SDSU Students:

  1. Review the Schwarzman application instructions and requirements
  2. Create an account in the Schwarzman Online Portal:
    1. Application for Chinese citizens
    2. Application for US and all other citizenships

2017-2018 Dates & Deadlines

Chinese Citizens:

  • May 1, 2017, 4:00PM PST: SDSU Campus Deadline for students wishing to participate in a campus interview (Chinese citizens do not require SDSU endorsement)
  • May 31, 2017: Online application closes
  • July 2017: Notification of Finalists and non-Finalists by Schwarzman Scholars.  Finalists receive an invitation to interview in Beijing.
  • July 2017: Finalist Interviews in Beijing
  • October 2017: Admissions decisions made 

2. Citizens of the United States and all other countries:

  • September 1, 2017 at 5:00PM PST: SDSU Campus Deadline*
  • Thursday and/or Friday, September 7 and 8, 2017: SDSU Schwarzman Endorsement Interviews*
  • Applicants endorsed for the Schwarzman by the SDSU Fellowship Endorsement Committee will be notified soon after their interviews.

Endorsed Candidates: 

  • Monday, September 25, 2017: Deadline to submit final complete application on-line and deliver hard copies of all transcripts to SDSU Schwarzman Scholars Advisor*
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017: Online application closes
  • Mid-October 2017: Notification of Finalists and non-Finalists by Schwarzman Scholars. 
  • Finalists receive an invitation to interview in one of three locations around the world. 


  • Mid-October 2017: SDSU Fellowship Endorsement Committee members will organize practice interviews prior to the finalist interviews.*
  • Mid-October - Mid-November 2017: Finalist Interviews
  • Mid-November 2017: Admissions decisions made 

*Current SDSU undergraduates only

SDSU Schwarzman Advisor Contact:

Chris Kjonaas, Associate Director
International Engagement
[email protected]