The National Committee is delighted to enter into a unique partnership with the Schwarzman Scholars program, made possible by a 50th Anniversary Campaign gift of $2 million by Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone. Schwarzman’s visionary creation of Schwarzman Scholars, a fully funded one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University, is designed to give accomplished American, Chinese, and international students the leadership skills and professional networks needed to become global leaders. Our partnership aims to enhance their training and help further prepare them for leadership roles in the bilateral relationship.

“As the relationship between the United States and China becomes the defining relationship of our age, it is more important than ever to foster cross-cultural understanding, strong connections, and true understanding between future generations of leaders. I am excited to see how this partnership will advance the shared mission of both organizations,” said Schwarzman.

Through the partnership, the National Committee will provide Schwarzman Scholars an inside view of U.S.-China policy and the nonprofit sphere, offering opportunities to learn from and engage with policymakers, policy influencers, and leading China experts in the National Committee’s network. Current scholars at Schwarzman College will gain insight into the workings of the U.S.-China policy world by engaging with participants in National Committee delegations to China, including congressional member and senior congressional staff delegations. Current scholars will also be invited to observe closed-door discussions among Chinese and American policy influencers and functional experts on important strategic, economic, legal, and other issues in the Sino-American relationship. Additionally, the partnership offers current scholars the chance to learn from fellows in the National Committee’s Public Intellectuals Program, which comprises some of the best and brightest of the younger generation teaching about China.

The National Committee-Schwarzman partnership will also include, as a cornerstone of this initiative, a one-year fellowship for a graduating Schwarzman Scholar to join the National Committee as an integral member of our team. The Schwarzman Scholar Fellow will gain hands-on experience by helping to develop and implement select National Committee programs, including track II dialogues on critical bilateral issues, and organizing bi-annual seminars for fellow Schwarzman Scholars alumni. These seminars, held in the United States, will provide Schwarzman alumni continued engagement on substantive China-related issues. Click here to learn about the inaugural fellow, Maggie Wedeman.

For information about our 50th Anniversary Campaign, or to learn about our current programs and new initiatives, please contact our development office at 646-604-8009 or

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