Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill Scholarships

Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships provide funding for two or three years of graduate study in Great Britain; Churchill Scholarships, for a single year. Rhodes Scholarships are used in any program available at Oxford; Marshall Scholars can choose from a large number of universities and programs in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland; Churchills provide for graduate work in math, science, or engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge. 

The George Mitchell Scholarship Program provides for one year of graduate work in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. To be eligible for any of these four programs, you must hold an undergraduate degree by the fall in which the scholarship begins. There are age, citizenship, and other criteria that you can find on the appropriate web page. In general, academic excellence, distinguished preparation and promise of future success in a specific field, wide interests and involvement, personal development, and leadership are all taken into account by the scholarship committees. Successful candidates usually have a GPA of 3.7.

In 2009, the Provost’s Council on Student Honors modified the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell application process at U-M. Candidates are urged to take advantage of mentoring by the Provost’s Council on Student Honors by submitting preliminary application materials (draft essays and resumes) beginning the first week of April. Materials should be emailed to Assistant Vice Provost Catherine Shaw. Faculty members of the Provost’s Council on Student Honors will provide guidance during the summer, and applicants should use that time for communicating with recommenders and redrafting their essays.

Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarship information sessions will be held by the Provost's Council on Student Honors in January and February.  You can check the schedule at http://www.provost.umich.edu/scholars/.

The official institutional deadline for applying for the University’s endorsement is the last Monday in August. Essays, resumes, and recommendations (4 for the Marshall and Mitchell and 5–8 for the Rhodes) are due by email to Assistant Vice Provost Catherine Shaw by noon.

The strongest applicants will be invited to Interviews in the second week of September, and endorsements will be announced by the middle of the month.

Click here for some guidelines about the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell competition.

Click here for a Youtube video on the Rhodes opportunity.

Additional links are at the bottom of the page.


Churchill Scholarships provide funding for one year of graduate study at Churchill College, Cambridge, in mathematics, natural science or engineering. You must be nominated by the University of Michigan to apply for this scholarship.

The UM deadline for applications for the Churchill Scholarship will be October 15.

You should take the GRE general test before the UM deadline. The GRE subject test is no longer required. Applicants must also apply separately to the University of Cambridge no later than mid-October.

Read the revised application instructions on the Churchill website carefully. Application forms can be found there also. Completed applications and recommendations should be sent to the UM Churchill Committee, LSA Honors, 1330 Mason Hall. Students interested in applying for the Churchill should schedule an appointment with Henry Dyson and/or Professor David Gerdes (gerdes@umich.edu). 

Most successful candidates have a GPA of at least 3.7, excellent GRE scores, recommendations from faculty who know them well, some background in research, and a well thought out plan for study at Cambridge.

For applications and additional information, see the Winston Churchill Foundation website.


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Rhodes Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships

Mitchell Scholarships

Churchill Scholarships

General Information on Study in Great Britain