Schwarzman Scholarship

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.

Having enrolled the inaugural class in 2016, the program accepts 100 men and women from around the world (45% U.S., 20% China, 35% rest of world) and provides them with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

The program will grow to include up to 200 students in coming years.

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. 

Intent to Submit: 4/8/2024
Recommendation Deadline: 4/19/2024
 Preliminary Interview: 4/29 - 5/3/2024
Initial Bowdoin Deadline: 
Campus Interview: 
Official Schwarzman Deadline: 
mid-late September
Campus Contact:
Cindy Stocks
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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.

Please be reminded that Bowdoin’s Honor Code applies to the fellowship application process.

*Applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao will apply online from January to May. Finalists will be notified before July 1, and will attend interviews to be held at Tsinghua University in Beijing in July. Final admissions decisions for Chinese Schwarzman Scholars will be announced before October 1.  See the Schwarzman Scholars website for additional details.  The application for Chinese candidates can be accessed on the Tsinghua University Schwarzman Scholars webpage.