Post-Graduate Funding: UK and Ireland

First Steps

Students and recent alum who are interested in applying to any of the nationally competitive British or Irish scholarships are expected to have thoroughly reviewed all of the information provided on each program's website. Interested applicants must meet with Nichole Fazio, Director of the CCRF, to discuss plans and intentions relevent to the award program(s). Alum are served through in person meetings, phone and Skype calls.

Interested students should be aware of the eligibility and selection criteria for these awards.  Although the specific criteria vary from program to program, in general, a competitive applicant for these awards should:

  • Demonstrate a high esteem for scholarship;
  • Provide evidence of sustatined engagement in activies that prove ambition for others and concern with significant local/national/global issues including advocacy, public service, undergraduate research, and activitities that suggest a potential for leadership (RSOs are not evidence of these types of activities unless a candidate can prove that an RSO has national/global reach beyond this campus and its own students); 
  • Be able to present a compelling and well-constructed case for their academic program of choice in the UK or Ireland; 
  • Have high academic achievement (a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA at time of application);
  • Be able to articulate their personal goals and a clear vision for their academic and professional future;
  • Be able to secure three to eight in-depth letters of recommendation from credible individuals (e.g. faculty members at any rank or research supervisors, co-curricular or external professionals who can attest to leadership or service; graduate students of any type, post-docs, career and academic advisors, and peers are NOT acceptable letter writers for these types of awards).

Application procedures

The application processes for these scholarships are quite similar, and many students simultaneously apply for multiple British and Irish Scholarships.  The application processes differ as follows: 

  • The RhodesMarshall, and Mitchell Scholarships require University endorsement for application.  The application for endorsement follows a strict process, detailed below.
  • The Churchill Scholarship requires institutional endorsement but it is a separate process from the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell process. 
  • The Gates-Cambridge scholarship does not require University endorsement.  However, you are strongly encouraged to seek guidance and support from CCRF staff. Furthermore, non-US citizens may apply for the Gates-Cambridge.
  • Currently enrolled students who wish to apply to the Fulbright US Student Program for study in the UK should apply through the Fulbright campus process.  Graduates of the College who wish to apply for a Fulbright are strongly encouraged to partcipate in the formal campus process as College alumni given the competitive nature of the UK Fulbright options.

Application Timeline for Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships

During winter quarter or early spring quarter, you should meet with Nichole Fazio, Director of the Center for Research and Fellowships, to discuss your intentions, potential programs of study, and for targeted guidance on the application process. Following that meeting, you are strongly encouraged to continue to meet with Nichole for guidance as you develop your campus application.  Additionally, it is recommended that you reach out to faculty and other staff who may prove helpful in your process (as readers, advisors, contacts). You should also speak with Nichole about your intended letter writers and prepare to 'make the ask' by the first week of Spring Quarter in anticipation of the Spring campus deadline.

By May 6, 2019: Submit your final campus endorsrement application, including four letters of recommendation. Your campus application will be the basis of your endorsement interview and university endorsement .  You cannot proceed through a Rhodes, Marshall, or Mitchell process without institutional endorsement. You should treat this application process with seriousness of purpose and as a final draft. 

  • LateMay/early June: Endorsement interviews. If endorsed, you will meet with the CCRF director before the end of Spring Quarter to discuss the working strategy for the summer. 
  • Throughout June, July, and August: Revise application materials and secure remaining letters of recommendation (if applying to the Rhodes).
  • Late August: Endorsed candidates will submit a final draft application for a second review by the faculty committee.  
  • Early September: Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell endorsed candidates will participate in a required, on-campus final interview process with the standing committee.  This functions as a final ranking interivew, as relevant, and an opportunity for the full committee to offer substantive feedback in advance of the applicant submitting for the national deadlines. Skype can be arranged as needed.
  • Prior to October 1: Submit final applications as instructed by the Director of the CCRF.

UChicago Alumni are eligible to apply for any of the UK and Ireland post-graduate funding opportunities. However, some programs have stated age-restrictions. Consult their respective websites for further details. All current students and alumni must apply through the CCRF in order to be selected for formal endorsement as a UChicago nominee.

Final National Deadlines

  • American Rhodes Scholarship: Early October of each year
  • British Marshall Scholarship: Early October of each year
  • Churchill Scholarship: Early October of each year
  • Gates-Cambridge Scholarship:  Early October (US students), early December (International students) of each year*
  • George Mitchell Scholarship: Late September of each year
  • NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program: early-December of each year*

*Does not require institutional endorsement but CCRF highly recommends that you work closely with the CCRF director on these applications as well.