UK/Ireland Scholarship Campus Endorsement Application

The Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships require that all current College students and recent alum intending to apply must first be endorsed by the University of Chicago.To receive this endorsement, one must meet the following deadlines and adhere to the following instructions: 

Campus Application Deadline: May 6th, 2019 (Materials submitted after this date will not be considered).

To receive institutional endorsement from the University of Chicago, which is mandatory for all students, including alumni and Canadian Rhodes candidates, intending to apply for the Rhodes, applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. During Winter and early Spring Quarter, you should meet with the Director of the Center for College Research and Fellowships, Nichole Fazio, to discuss your proposed programs, award interests, and application processes.
  2. By May 6, 2019:  Submit a complete final campus application, including four letters of recommendation.  This application will form the basis of your institutional endorsement and be used during an interview endorsement, should you be invited.  
  3. By early June: Interview with the faculty endorsement committee.
  4. If endorsed, work from June - September: revise essay drafts and complete the application(s).

Campus endorsement application instructions: 

You must complete the ONLINE APPLICATION HERE.  Note that you only submit one application; you will be endorsed for any/all of the award programs you identify (Rhodes, Marshall, and/or Mitchell). A complete campus application requires the following:

  • Complete online application, which includes the following documents saved into a single PDF file and uploaded into the online application: 
  • A 1000-word motivation statement, or "statement of intent" (also called a personal statement). You can find writing tips here. Your motivation statement is the heart of your application and should provide the reader with a clear sense of what you care about and why, what major problems or issues motivate your work both inside and outside the classroom, and why you need to pursue your chosen degree programs in light of your future vocational aims. It should give the reader a sense of what motivates you (not exclusively the motivation of your research) and a sense of ways in which you are moving toward making a substantive different in your field, your local, national and international communities.
  • Responses to the following short answers: you can download a PDF of these prompts for reference here.
  1. Proposed Academic Program (200-words max): Candidates should describe their top-choice institution and proposed program of study, giving specific reasons for their program of choice and preferred university. Those intending to apply for a research-based degree should provide an outline of the proposed research they wish to undertake. Candidates are also encouraged to identify the faculty with whom they wish to work and/or who may supervise their research, if relevant. Candidates do not need to reach out to faculty in advance of the campus or national application processes.
  2. Evidence of ambition for others (250-words max): Candidates should describe an experience that exhibits their “ambition for others” – that is a significant, meaningful leadership or service experience in which they recognized and responded to needs greater than themselves. This can be related to a candidates “big issues” or the things they care about academically, politically, or socially. It can also include a discussion about failure; not everything we try works the way we hope. If an effort didn’t work perfectly, reflect on the motivations but also where things went a bit sideways.
  3. Post-Scholarship Plan (150-words max): Candidates should describe their *immediate plans* upon completion of their selected scholarship/degree program and why two years spent undertaking a degree in the UK would enhance these plans. This is not the same as your 'future career aims' answer but should offer fairly explicit details your plans immediately following your British degree experience.
  4. Career objectives (100-words max): Provide a brief, but specific, description of your vocational aims and objectives (this is not the same as a job title or career description but should indicate a sense of driving purpose and how you expect to realize that in a particular role/organization/effort). 
  5. List of 8 improbable facts: this is a list, not a narrative essay. Candidates should list eight (8) interesting things about themselves, their experiences, and/or their lives. This should not be a list of accolades or awards, nor taken from the CV. It should provide for the reader interesting information that would not otherwise be in the application. It can be humorous, unexpected, informal and should be specific to you. Don’t over think this.
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) detailing honors, awards, research, leadership/service, and other co- and extra-curricular activities you have pursued since starting College. Do not include high-school experiences. since beginning college, as well as significant co- and extra- curricular activities.
  • Unofficial transcripts. Please do not upload screen shots. 
  • Four (4) letters of recommendation (3 of the 4 should be academic-focused letters from teaching faculty and/or research mentors; if you are involved in significant co- or extra-curricular activities or post-graduate activities, including employment, a 4th letter focused on your leadership/service/professional life is acceptable. Your 4th letter, like the academic letters, must be in-depth letters from indviduals who know you well. The letters should be sent separately via campus mail or email to Nichole by the stated campus deadline.  NB: These letters should be obtained from faculty.  They do not have to be tenured, but should know you in a teaching or research capacity. You should not request letters from graduate students, preceptors, post-docs, career or academic advisors; leadership/public service letters should not come from "famous" or high-ranking individuals who do not know you well. We are not interested in their noteriety; we are interested in what letter writers can actually say about you, in real and specific terms. Please have your letters sent on letterhead, signed, and addressed "To the scholarship selection committee".

Complete campus endorsement applications must be submitted on May 6th, 2019 Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.  Alumni of the College must participate in the campus process and deadlines detailed above in order to be considered for endorsement.  Students may not apply directly to any of these award programs. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Nichole Fazio regarding the campus application and required written work in advance of the stated campus deadline.  You can submit questions by email and/or set up an appointment.  Appointments can be made by email: nfazio@uchicago.eduIf you are an international candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship, you are encouraged to contact Nichole Fazio to establish a working timeline based on your individual deadlines (September - October).  For details on the Rhodes for students from eligible countries, visit: With the exception of Canadian Rhodes candidates (see above), international Rhodes candidates are not required to participate in a formal endorsement process but are expected to meet with CCRF staff for general guidance.