Applying for the Rhodes, Marshall, and/or Mitchell - 2016
The Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships for graduate study in the UK and the Mitchell Scholarship* for graduate study in Ireland require that candidates obtain institutional endorsement from the University of Pennsylvania in order to apply. This means the University must formally nominate its applicants with a letter of endorsement. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) manages this process on behalf of candidates and the University.
Candidate materials are reviewed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty Review Committee, which is comprised of Penn faculty who have been awarded prestigious scholarships and are actively engaged in promoting the University’s academic mission.
The Faculty Review Committee will review applications and recommendation letters and select candidates to interview in September 2016 for consideration for University of Pennsylvania endorsement. Candidates selected for endorsement must then apply (and their recommenders must re-submit their recommendations) directly through the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell websites.
* Unlike the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, the Mitchell Scholarship does not accept institutional endorsement letters on behalf of graduate students and alumni. Nonetheless, these candidates are strongly encouraged to work closely with CURF throughout the application process.
Candidates submit a Request for Endorsement form to CURF, indicating the fellowships and degree programs to which they wish to apply. If you wish to add information to your initial submission, please email Lauren Orr at firstname.lastname@example.org. When uploading your resume, please use the following document naming convention: LAST NAME_FirstName
Candidates are encouraged to submit this form as soon as possible – ideally by January 31. The earlier candidates begin, the more time they have to prepare a strong application. Candidates who submit a Request for Endorsement by March 31 will be assigned a Fellowship Advisor who will help the candidate clarify goals, values and purposes, assist with application details, and draft the letter of endorsement on behalf of the University. Candidates who submit a Request for Endorsement form between April 1 and June 30 are not guaranteed a fellowship advisor, but will be considered for endorsement. After June 30, candidates must petition to be considered for endorsement (contact CURF for more information about the petition process).
Candidates are also required to attend a Fellowships 101 Information Session and call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wallace Genser to discuss the application process.
Completed applications (including all essays, forms, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) are due to CURF NO LATER THAN 4:00PM ON MONDAY, AUGUST 15.
Endorsed candidates are responsible for reviewing and understanding all requirements and regulations pertaining to the scholarship(s) for which they are applying, and for ensuring that all materials are submitted to CURF and to the various fellowships sites by their October 2016 deadlines.