Applying for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell*
The Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships to the UK and the Mitchell Scholarship to Ireland all require institutional endorsement. This means Penn must formally nominate its applicants with a letter of endorsement, and the number of candidates Penn may nominate is limited.
- Candidates submit a Request for Endorsement form to CURF, indicating the fellowships and the 2-3 degree programs to which they will apply. Candidates are encouraged to submit this form as soon as possible. The earlier candidates begin, the more time they have to prepare an application reflecting their best abilities.
- Candidates who submit a Request for Endorsement between March 1 and May 31 will be assigned a Fellowships Advisor who will help the candidate clarify goals, values and purposes, assist with application details (such as what recommendations to request) and draft the letter of endorsement on behalf of the University. To conform with the rules of the Rhodes Scholarship, Fellowship Advisors will not comment on drafts of Rhodes Scholarship essays.
- Candidates who submit a Request for Endorsement form between June 1 and July 31 are not guaranteed a fellowship advisor, but will be considered for endorsement.
- After August 1, candidates must petition to be considered for endorsement. Contact CURF for more information about the petition process.
- Completed applications (all essays, forms, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) are due to CURF in late August / early September (exact deadline TBD) for consideration by a faculty committee, which will select candidates to endorse.
- The committee may interview some candidates in order to select those who will be endorsed. These interviews will take place in September 2015.
- Endorsed candidates and CURF will finalize all application and endorsement materials applications by the fellowship’s deadline at the beginning of October (exact dates to be announced, likely October 1, 2015).
*Candidates for fellowships which do not require endorsement need not follow this formal process but should review potential degree programs to which they might apply, read instructions for their programs carefully, and are encouraged to work closely with CURF advisors.