University of Iowa


Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars 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 Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.

UI Undergraduate Fellowships Guidance for Schwarzman Recommenders - PDF iconRecommender Guidance - 2016 Schwarzman Scholars Competition.pdf


April 2017: Application opens
September 28, 2017: Application deadline
October 2017: Reading and selection of semi-finalists
Mid-November 2017: Interviews for semi-finalists
Late November 2017: Finalists notified
Mid-summer 2018: Orientation at Tsinghua University begins

Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

What kind of applicant is the Schwarzman Scholars program looking for? 

Students will 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 will 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.

For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

After reviewing the official resources linked below, interested students at the University of Iowa are invited to contact Kelly Thornburg, Director of Scholar Development at 319-335-1874 or to find out more information about the campus support process, as well as available application development support and resources.

Visit the funder's website to begin the application process and access the following resources:

  • the official 2017-18 Application Instructions
  • a current sample application
  • and a useful video resource library