The Schwarzman Scholars Scholarship Program 2022 For Next Generation Leaders



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A pool of outstanding candidates is selected for the Schwarzman Scholars Program. Prospective Scholars are required to demonstrate academic excellence, outstanding achievements in their field, and exceptional leadership abilities.

An open mind and limitless potential are required to enroll in this high-caliber program that seeks to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world.

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We have recruited a set of global leaders that reflects the diversity, vibrancy, and potential of the world at large. As Schwarzman Scholars, we embrace the opportunity to observe, understand, and respect other cultures, perspectives, and positions.


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Overview of the scholarship

  • Country of host: China
  • Countries eligible: All countries 
  • Scholarship: Full Scholarship
  • Due date: September 21, 2022

Details of the scholarship

To meet the high demands of the program, applicants must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:


Criteria for Scholarships

Additionally to demonstrating extraordinary leadership skills, the ability to anticipate and act on trends and changes in their context, strong intellectual aptitude, and exceptional character, candidates must meet the following criteria.

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  • You must hold an undergraduate degree.
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 28.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively in English.

This program gathers a diverse group of young leaders from all over the world to work together on a shared mission.

Process of selection

A rigorous and thorough selection process is used to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. It is expected that those selected will be able to understand and contribute effectively to the program so that it may evolve to suit the evolving needs of a world that is rapidly changing.

  • An Online Application
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The application is completed online and submitted electronically after satisfactory completion of all required questions. Please fill out the application form in English. You do not need to complete the online application in one sitting; you can access, save, and continue working on the application as needed before submitting it.

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  • A resume
  • Two Essays
  • Academia records/transcript

You must scan and upload official transcripts for all degree-granting postsecondary education institutions attended.

  • Three letters of recommendation

Referees should have a deep knowledge of you and be able to give specific examples from their direct experience working with you about your intellectual abilities, personal qualities, and leadership potential.

  • Video intro
  • Documents to Support

 Timeline for application


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  • Application period: Apr 2021 – Sep 2022
  • Selections: Nov 2022
  • Classes begin: Dec 2022


  • Application period: Jan 2021 – May 2021
  • Selections: Sept 2021
  • Classes begin: Aug 2022

Application for the Class of 2021-2022 was announced in December 2020 and for the Class of 2022-2023, applications will be open from April 14, 2021 to September 21, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. Please click here to apply if you have a Chinese passport.

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The method of application

The following link should be used by applicants to start their applications.



Deadline: September 21, 2022


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The supporting documents listed here are required. We strongly discourage applicants from submitting any supplemental materials that are not required, such as portfolios, writing samples, additional recommendations, etc. These documents won’t be shared with the Review Committee.

  • Review and interview of applications
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An international panel of business, government and academic leaders analyzes applications. In late October and early November, a selected number of candidates are invited for an interview with an international panel of leaders from a variety of backgrounds. By bringing their leadership experience to bear, these interviewers identify a cohort of highly accomplished candidates whose paths to leadership will be enhanced by an introduction to China and its global role.

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