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


Rhodes Scholarship

Campus deadlines: Monday September 4, 2017

Campus interview dates: Friday September 8, 2017

National deadline: Wednesday October 4, 2017

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


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. Rhodes scholarships are available to US citizens and students who possess citizenship from other eligible countries. (See page 10 of the Rhodes brochure for eligibility of other nationalities.) More information about the scholarship available at the Rhodes scholarship website.

Application Procedures

To compete for a Rhodes 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:

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.) 

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

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 CV 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 my personal statement 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.”