Oxford University students admitted into the 9th cohort Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars has recently announced its ninth cohort of admitted students into its prestigious graduate fellowship. 4,000 candidates applied from around the world and almost 400 candidates were invited to interview with panels of CEOs, government leaders, university presidents, and non-profit executives, producing a class of 150 Schwarzman Scholars to take part in the programme. 

We are delighted to announce that University of Oxford students and graduates were admitted into the 2024-2025 programme. They will receive the opportunity to study in a one-year, fully-funded Master’s degree in Global Affairs at Schwarzman College on the campus of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

2024-2025 Scholars 

Klau Chmielowska

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Klau Chmielowska is a graduate of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics degree from the University of Oxford. Klau has carved a formidable path in championing gender health equality, driven by early observations of the systemic challenges their peers faced. Leveraging their extensive policy research experience and management consulting expertise, Klau founded Lafiya Nigeria, amplifying women's reproductive rights and providing access to contraception to thousands of women living in extreme poverty. As a Schwarzman Scholar, they hope to bridge Chinese social innovation and existing Western footprint to reimage global development and uplift marginalized communities. Klau is from Poland.

Larissa Greul

MPhil International Relations

Larissa Greul graduated top of her class from Zeppelin University and is currently pursuing an Master of Philosophy in International Relations as an Adam von Trott Scholar at the University of Oxford. Her academic and professional expertise lies in the field of diplomacy. After studying and working in the U.S., Belgium, Estonia, the U.K., and India she seeks to learn about Chinese diplomacy and German-Chinese bilateral relations as a Schwarzman Scholar. As a first-generation student and co-founder of the FirstGen@ZU initiative at Zeppelin University, she is passionately involved in NGOs and societies promoting equality of opportunities in education. Larissa is from Germany.

Zirong Hong

BA Modern Languages (SPA)

Zirong (Cici) Hong will graduate from the University of Oxford with a B.A. in Medieval and Modern Spanish. Born in China, Cici studies in the UK and spent a year abroad in Chile. At Oxford, she co-founded a free ed-tech service, Oxbridge Insights, and created an Oxbridge department at a start-up. In Chile, she was a Program Leader at a rural primary school and a visiting lecturer at the Instituto Chileno Británico. Cici earned an Oxford Blue in rowing. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she aims to explore education innovation and policy, contributing to global youth access. Cici is from the United Kingdom.

Jia LI

MSc Financial Economics

Jia (Bella) Li will graduate from University of Oxford in 2024 with a master’s in Financial Economics. She received her bachelor’s in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Bella has actively led cultural exchange activities, bridging and strengthening overseas students’ connection with China’s development. Dedicated to fostering economic growth and helping people who are in need through media and finance, she interned in prominent companies including SINA, CICC, and CCPNT. Bella aspires to fuel local and global economic growth, uphold cultural heritage, and enhance global connectivity. Bella is from China.

More information on the programme and the incoming class can be found on the Schwarzman Scholars website.