IUCARECompetitive Awards and Research

Upcoming deadlines/events:

Feb. through Mar. - Deadlines for Summer REUs

Feb. 25 - Deadline to submit abstract for Hutton Research Symposium 

Feb. 27 & 28 - Truman Scholarship Information Sessions

Mar. 6 - Deadline for Gilman scholarship to study abroad

Mar. 14 - Deadline for summer study abroad with Freeman Asia scholarship

Apr. 11 - Deadline for 18/19 study abroad with Freeman Asia scholarship


Mitchell Scholarship

Campus deadline: Monday September 4, 2017

Campus interview date: Friday September 8, 2017

National deadline: September 29, 2017

Campus Representative: Paul Fogleman (; 812-855-3948


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. Students must be in their senior year, must have completed an undergraduate degree no later than the summer before they enter an Irish university and be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 29 of the year of application (those who turn 30 on September 30 are not eligible). More information at the Mitchell website.

Application Procedures

To compete for a Mitchell Scholarship, candidates must be US citizens and be nominated by their home institution. Deadlines for the campus nomination are Friday June 23 and Monday September 4, 2017. 

Campus Nomination Requirements:

A minimum 3.7 GPA (cumulative) is required at the time of the campus nomination deadline.

Students seeking nomination must send a brief email to campus representative Paul Fogleman ( stating their intent to apply. (This is not a commitment to completing the application. An indication of your interest in seeking the nomination will aid in planning and organizing the campus review.) 

There are four parts of the campus nomination application. Applicants complete the first two and turn them in as Word or pdf documents to Paul Fogleman by email:

  1. Three statements are required:

    • Personal statement: Describe the academic and other interests and pursuits that have had the greatest influence on your academic and career ambitions (maximum 750 words).
    • Reasons for studying in the UK and/or Ireland: Explain why you want to study in the United Kingdom and/or the Republic of Ireland and how this experience will benefit you in the future (maximum 500 words).
    • Proposed academic program: Describe your proposed academic program, giving reasons for your choice and for your preferred university (maximum 500 words). If you are proposing to pursue a research degree, outline the research you wish to undertake.
  2. A maximum 2 page résumé listing activities and honors.

  3. Transcripts: unofficial IU transcripts will be accessed by the Office of Competitive Awards and Research and added to application materials.

  4. Three references that comment on your work and accomplishments sent by email to Paul Fogleman (

For the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships, interviews will be held on the Bloomington campus on Friday September 8th. The committee will notify applicants of its decision within a day or two of the interviews.

The Chair of the 2017 nomination committee is Professor Tim Lemper. Paul Fogleman is the campus representative for all of the nationally-competitive awards to the United Kingdom and Ireland. If you have questions regarding the scholarships or possible programs of study, contact Professor Lemper ( or Paul Fogleman in the IUCARE office (; 812-855-3948).

Important Note about the Rhodes and Mitchell Applications:

Students interested in applying for a Rhodes or Mitchell scholarship need to be aware of a policy for the personal essay which requires applicants to attest that their statement has not been reviewed or edited by anyone else (verbatim description below). In order to meet the Rhodes requirement, applicants will need to inform the campus representative Paul Fogleman (, of their intention to apply for a Rhodes or Mitchell Scholarship and he will advise each applicant accordingly.

From the Rhodes Website:
Requirements for the Personal Essay

“The Rhodes Scholarship application asks you to provide a short Personal Statement describing your academic and other interests. This statement should describe the specific area of proposed study and your reasons for wishing to study at Oxford, and it must conclude with the following statement, followed by your personal signature:

“I attest that this essay is my own work and is wholly truthful. Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it. I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application.”

No application will be considered if the applicant does not make such a certification. And, as now, this attestation will not count in the essay word limit.

This personal essay must not exceed 1,000 words in length, and should be written in as simple and direct a manner as possible. It should be set in a typeface no smaller then 10 points. Selection Committees will place special emphasis on this personal essay [statement], and it may be forwarded to Oxford colleges to which Rhodes Scholars-elect apply for admission. Committees may, in their discretion, reject any Personal Statement which fails to meet these requirements.”

From the Mitchell website:

“The Mitchell Scholarship Program agrees with the essay guidelines released by The Rhodes Trust in March 2014. We do not, however, require that a completely different essay be written for the Mitchell. A candidate may re-use the portion of his or her essay that makes sense for the Mitchell application, as long as it meets the requirements of our attestation clause. An essay for the Mitchell application should address why the candidate wants to be a Mitchell Scholar and why studying in Ireland or Northern Ireland make sense for his or her goals.”

The Mitchell Scholarship Program asks for applicant to make the same attestation as the Rhodes.