Applying for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell* 2015
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. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) manages this process on behalf of candidates and the University.
This means the University must formally nominate its applicants with a letter of endorsement, and the number of candidates Penn may nominate is limited.
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 select candidates to interview in September 2015 for consideration for University of Pennsylvania endorsement. Candidates selected for endorsement must then apply directly through the website of the fellowship for which they are applying.
* 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 advisors 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. Candidates are encouraged to submit this form as soon as possible. The earlier candidates begin, the more time they have to prepare a strong application.
Candidates are required to attend a Fellowships 101 Information Session and schedule an appointment with Dr. Wallace Genser to discuss the application process.
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. To conform with the rules of the Rhodes Scholarship and the Mitchell Scholarship, beginning in 2014 Fellowship Advisors will not comment on drafts of Rhodes or Mitchell Scholarship essays. (If Marshall candidates are also applying for the Rhodes or Mitchell, Fellowship Advisors are similarly unable to comment on drafts of their Marshall essays.)
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.
Completed applications (all essays, forms, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) are due to CURF NO LATER THAN 4:00PM ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 (THE FIRST DAY OF FALL CLASSES).
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 2015 deadlines.