Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships

Eligibility: 

  • U.S. citizens and nationals (Marshall, Mitchell, and US Rhodes); international students may be eligible for select Rhodes scholarships
  • Rising fourth-year students (begin campus process in winter/spring of third-year), current fourth-years; recent alum. Alum must confirm their age/graduation date eligibilty by consulting the rules on each program website.
  • Intent to pursue a graduate degree program in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and/or at the University of Oxford (Rhodes)
  • Must have a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA at the time of campus nomination (May each year); this is not negotiable. The GPA minimum is set by the national fellowship foundations. 

Selection Criteria: 

  • Superior academic achievement and committment to academic excellence (evidenced through advanced coursework, research, and exceptional letters of recommendation)
  • Ability to argue for their selected graduate programs in specific terms and why they must pursue that training in the United Kingdom or Ireland
  • Potential to contribute to chosen field and potential for success beyond post-graduate training
  • Evidence of substantial leadership and service
  • Evidence of character forged by turning challenge into opportunity and ambition for others
  • Ability to articulate in specific terms what problem(s) or need(s) of society you wish to address in your career

Candidates for the Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships must affirm the following: 

  • I have pursued academic excellence throughout my career at the University of Chicago, including: posess a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher; have done extensive research in my field and/or can prove that I have the requisite academic background necessary for success in my chosen graduate discipline; can show that I have pursued relevant and advanced course-work that affirms my commitment to my chosen field
  • I can articulate a specific vision for my future and how it will contribute to addressing global issues, as well as elevate the public good
  • I have substantive experiences that affirm my capacities as a leader; I can prove that something changed because of my involvement; and, I have spent time serving others or working to address issues that improve the lives of others
  • I can secure a minumum of two exceptional letters from faculty or researchers in my field; if applying for the Mitchell or Rhodes, I can secure 1-3 more exceptional letters from faculty or research mentors
  • I can secure a minumum of 1 exceptional letter from a professional who can affirm my leadership competencies and commitment to addressing the problems/needs of society that motivate me, as well as my commitment to others
  • I can provide a specific argument for why I must pursue my chosen graduate program(s) in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and/or the University of Oxford
  • I can provide a specific argument for why it is paramount to my studies and future vocation that I pursue my studies in the UK or Ireland (this is an argument for your host-country, not the specfic graduate program)

Extensive Description

Current College students and recent alum applying to the British Marshall, Mitchell or Rhodes Scholarships are required to participate fully in the campus application process in order to be considered for nomination. The complete schedule and application process is detailed on the application page. Current undergraduates and alum may not apply directly to the Marshall, US or Canadian Rhodes Scholars program. Current undergraduates may not apply directly to the Mitchell Scholars program.

About the Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarship Programs

Marshall Scholarships fund one or two to three years of study in any field, leading to the receipt of a UK university degree. The scholarship includes tuition, fees, travel expenses and a stipend. It may be used at any university in the United Kingdom at  the graduate level. Please visit the Marshall Scholarship website to learn more about the program: https://www.marshallscholarship.org/. Awards approximately 40 scholarships to US citizens who are current undergraduates or recent graduates (please note age restrictions detailed on website). 

George J. Mitchell Scholarships support one year of study at one of nine universities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The award covers tuition and room charges, and provides a stipend plus an allowance for travel in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe. Please visit the Mitchell Scholarship website to learn more about the program: https://www.us-irelandalliance.org/mitchellscholarship. Awards approximately 15-20 scholarships to US citizens who are current undergraduates or recent graduates (please note age restrictions detailed on website). 

Rhodes Scholarships fund two years of post-baccalaureate study in any field at the University of Oxford. The scholarship includes tuition, fees, travel, and a stipend. Thirty-two American Rhodes Scholars are chosen annually from the United States. Students from a range of countries besides the United States are also eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship - please visit the Rhodes House site for an up-to-date list of eligible countries. Currently, citizens from the following countries are elgible for the Rhodes: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland), Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine (SJLP), United Arab Emirates, West Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Campus Endorsement and Application Timeline for Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarship Programs

Current students and recent alumni must be endorsed by the University in order to apply for the Marshall, Mitchell and/or Rhodes Scholarship programs. Please carefully review the campus endorsement information, application and timeline information available here: http://ccrf.uchicago.edu/national-fellowships/2020-marshall-mitchell-and-rhodes-campus-endorsement-process