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Deadline: 09/12/2024
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Application Deadline for ***US Citizens and citizens holding passports from all countries other than China is September 12, 2024*** (3:00pm US Eastern Time)

Next Application Deadline for applicants with ***Chinese passports MAY be May 19, 2025, 11:59pm China Standard Time (CST)*** (TENTATIVE Deadline)

For reference, please review our previous step-by-step guide and timeline for the 2024 Schwarzman application process

Schwarzman Scholarship 

The Schwarzman Scholars Program is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. The program will give selected scholars the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master's degree in Global Affairs at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China's most prestigious universities. Chinese language proficiency is NOT required.

In addition to demonstrating wide-ranging academic excellence, the successful candidate will have demonstrated initiative and leadership and a commitment to understanding and engaging with China professionally. In the application it is crucial to demonstrate your "leadership in action." Candidates should provide a clearly articulated reason for studying in China and a solid understanding of the role they hope to play as China continues to expand its influence in the world. Although there is no minimum GPA requirement for applicants, most successful candidates have had a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.

Potential applicants are encouraged to view the video of the Schwarzman Scholars Program Information Session at Penn featuring recent Penn recipients (Penn login required. To view the video, after logging in using your Penn credentials use password Penn-2022)

Learn more about Penn students' experiences in the Schwarzman Scholars Program:


Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Schwarzman Scholars Program does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you. As permitted by the program, this can include:
    • Discussion of an applicant's preparation for the Schwarzman Scholars Program
    • Feedback on the content and organization of your resume
    • Feedback on your choice of recommenders
    • Draft review for your Schwarzman Scholars Program essays
    • Practice interviews for applicants selected as Finalists by the Schwarzman Scholars Program
  • Candidates who do not hold Chinese passports must apply directly on the Schwarzman Scholarship website and ensure that their application and recommendations are uploaded to the Schwarzman Scholarship website by September 12, 2024 (3:00pm US Eastern Time)

Letters of Recommendation

The Schwarzman Scholars program requires three letters of recommendation. Recommendations for the Schwarzman Scholars Program should provide examples of how the applicant meets the program's requirements: academic aptitude and intellectual ability, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions. At least one of these letters should come from a recommender who can comment directly on the applicant's demonstrated leadership and potential for leadership in their chosen field.

Contact Information
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
3539 Locust Walk, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104



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