**** Materials (see below) should be uploaded to this site by 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 1****
The Schwarzman Scholars Program
Enrolling its inaugural class in 2016, the Schwarzman Scholars program aims to provide the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.
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. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
- Public Policy
- Economics and Business
- International Studies
Each student will also have the opportunity to work closely with a senior mentor. Leading members of the Beijing business, academic and government communities will help advance students’ professional goals and support personal growth.
Schwarzman Scholars will also travel throughout China to explore themes related to their academic concentrations and professional interests. Led by faculty and local guides, students will immerse themselves in different regions, where they will meet government, business and social leaders.
September 1, 2015 – You must do TWO THINGS by this deadline:
1 - Request Penn completion of your Institutional Assessment Form, you must register Dr. Wallace Genser as the person who will submit your Institutional Assessment form
- Online application, including the requested personal statement(s) and supplementary components below
- Transcripts/academic records from every college or university attended (degree or non-degree, full or part-time, undergraduate or graduate)
- Three electronic letters of recommendation
- Personal statement & essay
- Current resume/CV
- A video introduction of yourself lasting no more than 30 seconds
- Institutional Assessment Form – An Institutional Assessment Form for applicants who are currently enrolled students
2 - No later than September 1, upload a single pdf containing your online application, your transcript(s), your Personal statement & essay, and your Current resume/CV at https://secure.www.upenn.edu/curf/form/fellowships-internal-application
October 1, 2015 – completed online application due on Schwarzman site
Required qualifications and selection criteria
- Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of June 30, 2016
- Backgrounds in all undergraduate degrees are welcome
- Citizens of all countries welcome
- Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent earned by June 30, 2016, before orientation begins
- Academic excellence. There is no GPA requirement, but the most competitive candidates are expected to be at the top of their class
- An interest in leadership development relevant to your field
- English language proficiency, demonstrated by:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson’s (PTE Academic), OR
Graduation from an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least three years of the applicant’s academic program.
NOT PART OF MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
- Marital status. Married applicants may apply and will be at no disadvantage in the application process. Spouses/partners may accompany Schwarzman Scholars to Beijing, but Scholars are expected to live in the dormitory and participate fully in the program like single students. Spouses/partners may not live in the dormitory, and no additional funding will be provided to support spouses/partners living off-campus
- Prior knowledge of Mandarin is not required since core courses will be taught in English. Basic conversational Mandarin classes will begin pre-semester and continue throughout the year.
Semi-finalists will be interviewed mid-November in Beijing, Bangkok, London and New York. CURF can provide practice interviews for semi-finalists.