Schwarzman Scholars offers a one-year, fully-funded master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, designed to build a global community of future leaders who will serve to deepen understanding between China and the rest the world. Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of their enrollment year.  

To be considered, candidates must apply directly to the Schwarzman Scholars Program. Endorsement from Davidson College is not required to apply.  Application Instructions & ResourcesEndorsement/nomination from Davidson College is not required to apply. Applicants participate in a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. The process includes an online application and credentials evaluation as well as in-person regional interviews. Carefully review the Application Instructions on the Schwarzman Scholars website. Prestigious fellowships and scholarships that support international graduate study are competitive and require careful thought and consideration during the application process. Review this guide for general information, tips, and insights for applying for certain awards. Information SessionsTo learn more about Schwarzman Scholars, the selection process, and to hear from Admissions Team members and Alumni, register for and attend their virtual information sessions.  

  1. Virtual Young Professionals Events (VYPEs)These highly-interactive VYPEs held throughout July and August feature Alumni representatives who will facilitate small-group discussions and Q&A with young professional attendees via Zoom’s breakout room function. We have included an email attachment to this message for your dissemination and hope you will share this out to your institution's broader alumni community.
  2. Application Walkthroughs Join members of the Admissions team in a live walk-through of the U.S./Global online application. In addition to reviewing submission requirements, we will talk through any questions applicants may have about the application.  
  3. Virtual Application Advising Sessions​: For applicants who have already started their Schwarzman Scholars applications, the program is also offering Virtual Schwarzman Scholars Application Advising Sessions. Registration for an advising session may be accessed via an applicant's Application Homepage.

Featured Spotlight Webinars

  • August 11 - From Chaos to Concept: Approaches for Crafting Your Leadership Narrative
  • August 31 - Trajectory-Changing Experiences as a Schwarzman Scholars
  • September 10 - Advice from the Schwarzman Scholars Admissions Team

All of Featured Spotlight Webinars to-date are posted on the Schwarzman Scholars Youtube Channel.


Spring 2021 Schwarzman Scholars/Davidson College Information Session (Passcode: Davidson2021!): Admissions officer Elysia Pan and Lorena James '21 hosted an information session for Davidson College candidates. For recordings of past general Schwarzman Scholars events, please visit their YouTube channel.

Advising Appointments

Applicants are welcome to schedule a Fellowships & Scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning.