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Scholarships for Study and Research in the UK & Ireland: Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes Scholarships

Submitted by Toni Kwong on February 23, 2018 - 3:56pm

Scholarships for UK & Ireland Studies/Research: Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes Scholarships

Interested in pursuing graduate study and/or research at a university in the UK or Ireland? Consider applying for UW nomination to compete for scholarship support through the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge or Churchill scholarship programs. These scholarships fund graduate studies/research at universities in England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. (Short descriptions and links included below for more information.)

UW nomination is required to apply for: Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill Scholarships. Our UW nomination process is open to anyone meeting the eligibility requirements for any of those 4 scholarships and considering relevant graduate programs in the UK. Interested students can complete a single campus application to be considered for nomination to any or multiple of these scholarships. An internal UW campus review committee will review applications and make nomination decisions, allowing nominees significant time to prepare for the national and international application processes (final deadlines in fall). Please note that Gates Cambridge Scholarships do not require UW nomination, but we strongly encourage students to connect with our office for support in developing competitive applications for that as well.

Apply for UW nomination at:

UW Deadline: May 6, 2018 for 2019-20 scholarships.

UW Information Sessions: Join us to learn more, whether you know you’re interested or just exploring options! RSVP for any session at

  • Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, 3:30-4:30pm, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 258
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:30-1:30pm, MGH 171
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 2:30-3:30pm, MGH 171

General Eligibility:

Each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements and selection criteria, but in general, applicants should meet the following eligibility considerations:

  • 3.7 or higher GPA suggested for all (required for Marshall)
  • A strong track record of engagement in communities, extracurricular involvement, leadership and/or research experience is highly valued in different ways across all these scholarships
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships and Rhodes Scholarships are open to students from across the globe, regardless of citizenship. Churchill, Marshall & Mitchell scholarships are limited to US citizens.
  • Age limit for Mitchell Scholarships (18-29 by 9/30/18) and Rhodes Scholarships (18-23 by 10/1/18).
  • For this year’s competitions, Churchill Scholarships are limited to 2018 & 2019 grads. Marshall Scholarships are limited to those graduating after April 2016.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree by August 2019, and expect to enter a UK grad program in fall 2019.

Students are strongly encouraged to begin this process early, to start brainstorming, exploring graduate program options in the UK and elsewhere, discuss options with mentors, and more. Please contact Robin Chang ( in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (OMSFA) if you have any questions or concerns, and attend an info session to help clarify any confusing elements. UW applicants and nominees for the Churchill, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, and Gates Cambridge scholarships will be included in OMSFA’s Global Fellowships Prep program to get advising support, connection to additional scholarship opportunities supporting their goals, application development tools and resources, potential connections to program alumni and additional mentors, and the opportunity to engage with peers working on similar applications.

Brief Scholarship Program descriptions:

Winston Churchill Scholarship:

Churchill Scholarships support one year of graduate study in mathematics, science and engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge University. Applicants are recommended to have a GPA of 3.7 or higher, and have extensive experience in laboratory research. Applicants this year must be graduating in 2018 or 2019. UW senior Tim Welsh has just been selected as a 2018 Churchill Scholar! Congrats Tim (Chemistry, Biochemistry, ACMS major)! He will spend 2018-19 at Cambridge conducting research with the Knowles lab and earn a master’s degree in Chemistry.

For more information, please see:

Gates Cambridge Scholarship:

Gates Cambridge Scholarships support 1-3 years of graduate study in any discipline at Cambridge. Students must apply for admission to Cambridge, and will apply for the scholarship within the same application. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are open to citizens of any country outside the UK considering almost any graduate-level program at Cambridge.

For more information, please see:

Marshall Scholarship:

Marshall Scholarships provide students 1-2 years of financial support to study at any university in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Applicants must be US citizens, must have a GPA of 3.7+, and must be planning to earn a bachelor's degree between April 2016-August 2019.

For more information, please see:

Mitchell Scholarship:

Mitchell Scholarships award students one year of funding for study at universities in Ireland, open to all areas of graduate study. Applicants must be US citizens, aged 18-29 (by Sept. 30, 2019). Applicants are recommended to have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

For more information, please see:

Rhodes Scholarship:

The Rhodes Scholarship provides students with funding for 2-3 years at Oxford University. Applicants are recommended to have a 3.7 GPA or higher. UW nomination is required for students from the US, Canada, or any other country that doesn’t already have its own application process. Age limits vary depending on country of citizenship, but are generally between 18-23 by Oct. 1.

For more information, please see:

If you have any questions regarding the listed scholarships, please contact Robin Chang at 206.543.2603 or

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