Schwarzman Scholars: Earn a One-Year Master’s Degree in China

The USF Office of National Scholarships is recruiting high-achieving students to apply for the Schwarzman Scholarship. The Schwarzman is a highly competitive scholarship that sends 200 students from around the world to Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in order to pursue a unique one-year master’s degree in one of three concentrations:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

The program’s curriculum is designed to build students’ leadership abilities and deepen their knowledge of China in a global context.

Chinese language proficiency is not required, as all classes are taught in English, but an interest in the affairs of China should be present.

The two main eligibility requirements are:

  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent:
    Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by August 1, 2017 before orientation begins. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.
  • Age Requirement:
    Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2017.

For more information, please refer to the Schwarzman website:

If you are interested, please email Mr. Robert Annis at right away. The intent to apply deadline is June 1st and the Campus Deadline for submission of application materials is August 24st.

ONS will host Schwarzman Informational Workshops on May 24th at 11:00 AM in ALN 252 and June 13th at 1:00 PM in ALN 252.


Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 – 2017 Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP).

Summary and Basic Application Requirements
The APLP is a signature program of the East-West Center. Each annual class of 35 – 40 APLP Fellows is highly diverse, with participants from approximately 20 different countries around the globe and from every type of academic and professional background (business, medicine, social sciences, engineering, performing arts, religious orders, etc.).

Basic application requirements are strong English language skills and at least a 3-year undergraduate degree or the international equivalent (there are no citizenship restrictions). The average age of an APLP Fellow is 32 (though the full range is 27 – 52). All Fellows live on the East-West Center’s campus in Honolulu, Hawaii for the first half of the program, which is from August thru December. There are many options for completing the second half of the program (January through May), including a return to one’s previous employer or participation in a research oriented field study in Southeast Asia.

Further information regarding the program and application instructions can be found on the APLP’s website at:

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

Graduate Program in China

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is an educational collaboration between Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University. The HNC offers three graduate program options, in which international students take the majority of their courses in Chinese. The study areas include international politics, economics, law, Chinese studies, and energy, resources and environment. Ideal HNC candidates are students with Chinese proficiency at the intermediate to advanced level, who are interested in a career related to international relations.

HNC is in the midst of recruiting the Fall 2016 class. This flyer has information on how to join one of the Fall Virtual Information Sessions.  The next virtual session will be held on October 22nd, 9:00-10:00pm EST.

For more information about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, including guaranteed fellowship opportunities, visit the HNC website and email them directly with questions.

Deadline: Schwarzman Scholars in China

Schwarzman Scholars is a one-year funded Master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks. 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

To apply, visit the USF Office of National Scholarships and see an Advisor.

Deadline: 8/26/15

Black Life in China

Today I am excited to share with you an interview with Fulbright Scholar Antonio Reyes, founder of Black Life China, a resource dedicated to giving light to black experiences in China.


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Mr. Antonio (Tony) Reyes is a Fulbright and Ronald E. McNair scholar with over a decade of experience in the international education sphere. Mr. Reyes is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and has over 4 years of experience living, studying and working throughout China. He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from University of Washington with a focus on Chinese business, culture and historical relationship with black foreign communities.  He is also the founder of Black Life China, a website and podcast dedicated to exploring the black experiences abroad. Listen to his interviews with black Americans living in China clicking this link to the podcast: He is available for consulting, speaking engagements and auditing programs in the areas of diversity, international education and minority student engagement.

How is Black Life China related to you as a Fulbright Scholar, and what are your hopes for this unique project?

As a Fulbright Scholar, I wanted to do something more than just conduct research about black experiences in China that no one would read. I already did that in graduate school. I wanted to create something that I could put into the hands of the general public and not just academics. Having a background in marketing and social media, I knew that I could create online resources that would be accessible to the public. To make the information more entertaining and digestible, I created memes, podcasts and a eBook. In doing so, I was able to create a platform that allowed black Americans all over China to easily share their stories directly with other black Americans or any interested in what it is like to be a minority in China.

Through your experience in running Black Life China, what have you learned from the people you’ve met and the stories you’ve collected?

I have learned that your attitude makes your experience. There is a famous Shakespearian quote, “for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” I have found this to be true when it comes to being black in China. Black Americans who enjoyed their experiences in China and had opportunities to do many things were more optimistic and positive than those who did not. Those who were unsuccessful in China, would let the few bad experiences affect their attitude which negatively affected their daily reality.

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