IUCARECompetitive Awards and Research

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Scholarships for Graduate Study

To compete for a Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell or Churchill Scholarship, candidates must meet eligibility requirements set by the scholarship programs. All require that an applicant be a U.S. citizen (See page 10 of the Rhodes brochure for eligibility of other nationalities.) Participation in the competitions at the national level requires formal nomination by an applicant’s university.

The next campus deadline for nomination for a Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell or Churchill scholarship is Monday September 3, 2018. Interviews will be held on the Bloomington campus on Friday September 7, 2018. (Video interviews are allowed.) The committee will notify applicants of its decision within a day or two after the interviews. The Chair of the 2018 nomination committee is Professor Tim Lemper. Paul Fogleman is the campus representative for all of the above-mentioned awards. 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). 

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 (approximately 750 words).
    • Reasons for studying in the UK or Ireland: Explain why you want to study at the graduate level and how this experience will benefit you in the future (approximately 500 words).
    • Proposed academic program: Describe your proposed academic program, giving reasons for your choice and for your preferred university (approximately 500 words). If you are proposing to pursue a research degree, outline the research you wish to undertake.
  2. A maximum 2 page CV or résumé listing activities and honors. (For a good description of a CV see this UNC Writing Center webpage.)

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

  4. At least two letters of recommendation that comment on your work and accomplishments sent by email to Paul Fogleman ( Students who are nominated will need to provide additional letters for the respective award programs - Churchill (4); Marshall (4); Mitchell (4); Rhodes (5-8).

National Deadlines and Links to More Information 

Rhodes Scholarship -- - National deadline: Wednesday October 3, 2018
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.

Marshall Scholarship -- - National deadline: Monday October 1, 2018
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 2012; 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. Applicants should check the Marshall Web site for programs of study the scholarship will not fund.

Mitchell Scholarship -- - National deadline: September 28, 2018
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 30 of the year of application (those who turn 30 on 1 October are not eligible).

Churchill Scholarship -- - National deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2018
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. (Churchill requires that a candidate’s GRE or MCAT score be sent directly to the Churchill Foundation no later than the end of December. Churchill also requires applicants to apply to Cambridge University by a mid-October date.)

Gates Cambridge - National deadline: TBD - will be mid October 2018   Does not require nomination. Students applying for the Gates Cambridge scholarship are encouraged to seek advice and guidance preparing the application materials from a professor or from the campus representative, Paul Fogleman ( Awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge. The programm aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

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.

All applicants must add the following statement at the conclusion of their personal statement and before their signature:

“I attest that this 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.”