Schwarzman Scholarship

Open to US Citizens & non-US Citizens

Deadline: September 4 2018

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 Tsinghua University – one of China's most prestigious universities.

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. 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 a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50.

Penn Deadline for current undergraduate applicants who are US citizens or citizens of any other country EXCEPT China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao:  September 4, 2018 (TENTATIVE) (Applicants who are current Penn undergraduates should immediately contact the CURF office to obtain a Penn recommendation. Alumni and graduate students may apply without a Penn recommendation)

Current undergraduate applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials to CURF in AUGUST 2018 to give us more time to craft the strongest possible institutional letter of recommendation on your behalf

Penn Deadline for current undergraduate applicants who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao:  April 30, 2018 (TENTATIVE)

Please view the 3-minute video from three Schwarzman Scholars from Penn describing their Schwarzman experience.

Penn’s Application Process

The Schwarzman Scholarship requires that undergraduates who are currently enrolled in a degree program have their university or college complete an Institutional Assessment Form. Applicants must register Dr. Wallace Genser on the Schwarzman site as the person who will submit your Institutional Assessment form.  Alumni may apply independently and do not require an Institutional Assessment form from Penn. To request completion of a Schwarzman Institutional Assessment form, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of September 4, 2018. (TENTATIVE) (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao passport holders must apply through Penn by 4:00pm on April 30, 2018 (TENTATIVE))

  • Complete Penn’s Internal Schwarzman application form, including the upload of a single PDF that combines a draft of your Schwarzman personal statement, current resume or CV, a list of the individuals who will be submitting your recommendation letters to the Schwarzman Scholars website, and unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and other institutions, if relevant).  If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY email to make sure CURF has received your submission.  Submission is due by 4:00pm on September 4, 2018. (TENTATIVE) (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao passport holders must apply through Penn by 4:00pm on April 30, 2018) (TENTATIVE)
  • Candidates will be contacted by CURF if additional information is required for completion of the Institutional Assessment Form.
  • Candidates must also apply directly on the Schwarzman Scholarship website and ensure that their application and recommendations are uploaded to the Schwarzman Scholarship website by the Schwarzman application deadline (September 28, 2018). (TENTATIVE)
  • Application information and deadline at


Contact Information

Dr. Wallace Genser
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment

Fellowship Availability

Fellowship Location: 

Fellowship Type

Graduate Study

Fellowship Eligibility

Junior Senior Alumni Graduate Student