Information Meetings and Deadlines for Rhodes, Mitchell, Marshall & Churchill Scholarships

Posted: April 4, 2012 by IUsec in Fellowships, Scholarships

Please announce to your best and brightest students and encourage them to attend one of two information meetings about the Rhodes, Marshall, Churchill, and Mitchell scholarships and the IU nomination process for each.  These scholarships support study at one or more British or Irish universities and are among the most prestigious graduate scholarships offered to American students.


The two meetings are scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., and 3:00-4:00 p.m., in the Great Room of the Hutton Honors College, 811 E. Seventh, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. 


The Rhodes, Marshall, Churchill, and Mitchell scholarships require candidates to be nominated by their U.S. universities or colleges.  To be considered for nomination by Indiana University in fall 2012, an IU student must submit an application to the IU nominating committee by Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.  IU interviews will be scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, in Bloomington. 


The IU committee strongly encourages students interested in any of these scholarships to work on their applications and talk with potential referees as soon as possible. 



The IU application consists of

  • a 750-word personal statement;
  • a 500-word statement on the student’s reasons for studying in the UK and/or Ireland; 
  • a 500-word statement on the student’s proposed academic program; 
  • a list of activities and honors; and
  • three references (at least two of which must be from faculty and at least one of which must be from someone familiar with the student’s extracurricular activity and leadership).


(The national applications require additional materials and letters of recommendation.)  


Students who have questions regarding the scholarships or possible programs of study should be encouraged to attend an information meeting or, if they are unable to attend, to contact Trevor R. Brown (, the chair of the nominating committee, or Paul Fogleman (International Affairs, 201 N. Indiana Ave., 855-3948,  Students should submit their application materials to Mr. Fogleman by Monday, Sept. 10.


Below is a brief summary of the key requirements for each scholarship.  For full and current information, students should review the scholarship websites.  Please note that applicants must be U.S. citizens and to be considered for nomination by IU should have a minimum grade point average of 3.70.


Application deadlines for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships have not yet been announced.  Deadlines will almost certainly be in the first week of October 2012.



Rhodes Scholarship

Support for two years graduate study at Oxford University, Great Britain, with third year possible.  Students should demonstrate intellectual achievement, integrity, leadership, energy, and concern for others, and must be in their senior year or beyond and 18-23 years of age on October 1 of the year of application; 32 scholarships awarded each year.


National deadline: to be announced in July 2012


Marshall Scholarship

Support for one to three years of graduate study at almost any university in the United Kingdom.  Students should have distinguished academic records, strong aspirations for graduate study, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential (the potential to engage with contemporary Britain effectively).  Candidates must be in their senior year or have graduated with their first undergraduate degree after April 2010; no age limit.  Up to 40 scholarships awarded each year; a limited number may be awarded to students who seek to do a 1-year degree only.


National deadline: to be announced in July 2012


Churchill Scholarship

Support for one year of graduate study in engineering, math, or science at Churchill College, Cambridge University, Great Britain. Students should demonstrate exceptional ability; they should be in their senior year or beyond and must be between 19 and 26 years of age at the time of taking up the scholarship; 14 scholarships awarded each year.


National deadline: November 13, 2012 (Take GRE by October so scores are available by November.  Churchill also requires applicants to apply to Cambridge University by a mid-October date.)



Mitchell Scholarship

Support for one academic year of postgraduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland. Students must have a record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extracurricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others that indicate a potential for leadership and contribution to society.  For students in their senior year who will have completed an undergraduate degree no later than the summer before they enter an Irish university and who are 18-29 years of age on September 30, 2012; 12 scholarships awarded each year.


National deadline: to be announced in July 2012

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