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PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow Preston Lim Wins Schwarzman Scholarship

Preston Jordan Lim
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Preston Lim, a PIIRS undergraduate fellow and former PIIRS Global Seminar student, has been awarded one of six Schwarzman scholarships at Princeton and one of 129 in the world. The scholarship funds the cost of graduate study and living expenses toward a one-year master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The scholars will study economics and business, international studies and public policy. Blackstone investment firm co-founder Stephen Schwarzman founded the scholarship program, and the scholars will be housed on the Schwarzman College on the Tsinghua campus.

Lim first experienced China's growing international reach while participating in a PIIRS Global Seminar in Baku, Azerbaijan, which was offered in the summer of 2014.

"While visiting Azerbaijan, I saw firsthand how China isn't just the future of the Near East; it's very much part of the present," Lim wrote in his application. "As a Schwarzman Scholar, I hope to gain a much deeper understanding of China's growing influence and power beyond its borders, focusing in particular on China's pivot toward what many of its diplomats term the 'Near West.'"

Lim, who is majoring in Near Eastern studies, and pursuing a certificate in history and the practice of diplomacy, has held internships at law firms in Hong Kong and Beijing. He also spent two months in Turkey during the summer after his sophomore year.

On campus, he has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was a recipient of the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence after his sophomore year. Lim also received the F.O. Kelsey Prize for best junior paper in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He is founder and editor-in-chief of of the Princeton Historical Review, an academic journal highlighting University undergraduates' independent work. Lim, a member of Rockefeller College, has also served as president of the Princeton University Orchestra. He also speaks French and is proficent in Turkish.

Lim was awarded a PIIRS Undergraduate Fellowship last year for his proposal, "The Cost of Freedom: Contextualizing Turkey's Jupiter's Missiles." PIIRS annually funds up to 10 juniors to meet the entirety of their travel and other expenses related to summer research abroad for their senior thesis. 

Lim, who hails from Vancouver, Canada, hopes to pursue a career as a foreign service officer for the Canadian government.