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Schwarzman Scholars Programme

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship programme 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.

Programme overview

With the inaugural class enrolled in 2016 (which included two LSE alumni), this programme gives the world’s best and brightest students 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. Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes are taught in English. Students pursue a Masters in Global Affairs, with concentrations in one of the disciplines:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

Students 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 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.

Now recruiting for the third year of this programme, this unparalleled, fully-funded opportunity will be extended to up to 140 future leaders who will begin the program in August 2018. The programme is open to students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree.

How to apply

Applicants from LSE should apply directly to Schwarzman Scholars and do not need to liaise with LSE’s Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies prior to applying. As one of the recommendation letters required as part of the application process, students should request that an appropriate individual in their academic department provides an Institutional Assessment Letter (maximum 500 words, but is often much briefer) which confirms (1) whether you are on track to complete all requirements for your degree by 1st August 2017 (for undergraduates); (2) when your degree will be awarded; and (3) whether there is anything additional and specific about you that the referee feels the selection committee should know that is not likely reflected in other parts of the application. This may include explanations of academic accomplishments, awards, or extracurricular activities in the context of LSE, which an application reader might not know about that particular institution.

For any general advice on completing scholarship applications, LSE applicants can also arrange an appointment with LSE Careers.

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