Fund Details
Marshall Mitchell and Rhodes - Common Application for Endorsement
Competition Type
Global/National - Yale Endorsement

Description:

These awards are described in separate entries in the Yale Student Grants Database, and on their official websites. Applicants seeking Yale’s endorsement for the Marshall, Mitchell, and/or Rhodes (US or Canadian) must apply to the Yale committee for these scholarships through Fellowship Programs at the Yale Center for International & Professional Experience.

Marshall: Applicants must normally receive endorsement from their undergraduate academic institution.

Mitchell: Graduating seniors must seek institutional endorsement from their college or university, but alumni and graduate students apply directly for the Mitchell.**

Rhodes: Applicants for the American** and Canadian Rhodes must receive endorsement from their undergraduate institution (except graduate and professional students in their second or later year of graduate study, who should apply through their graduate institution). 
*While institutional endorsement (and therefore campus application) is not required for Rhodes applicants from other countries, the Fellowships office will gladly advise
ANY Yale applicants for the Rhodes, and may be able to help put you in touch with previous applicants from your country.





Application Information:

For those who have started applications and requested four letters of recommendation (personally and via the Yale Database) by the preliminary campus deadline, 1pm on August 7, the campus application deadline is 1pm, August 21, 2017. (Please see below the note about an important change in the competition rules for the Mitchell and Rhodes.  Failure to abide by the official rules will render your application ineligible.)

**If you miss the preliminary campus deadline you will NOT be able to apply for Yale's endorsement for these fellowships this year.


For full details of how to apply for Yale's endorsement for the Marshall, Mitchell, and/or Rhodes (American or Canadian), see the Yale application timeline. As there is one common application process for Yale's endorsement for all of these fellowships, application materials are submitted via one common application entry in the Yale Student Grants Database.


Note the important change as of 2014 to requirements for the personal statement for the US Rhodes, and a similar change to the Mitchell competition. As of spring 2015, identical language has been added to the Canadian Rhodes application (and similar language to most other national competitions for the Rhodes).  Applicants for the US & Canadian Rhodes and for the Mitchell are now asked to sign the following: "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.”  Letters of institutional endorsement are asked to include a complementary statement. While Marshall rules have not changed, this means that:
  • Applicants may not seek (or receive) from anyone any comments or feedback on essays for the Rhodes or Mitchell.  However, you may—and indeed are strongly encouraged to—talk over your graduate school plans, career goals, and personal aspirations with advisers and mentors before you begin your draft.  Also, should a recommender request a draft of your essay to assist in writing in support of your application, you may properly share a draft; but you should at the same time ensure that your recommender understands that he or she may not in any way share any comments or feedback on your essays.
  • Applicants for Yale’s endorsement for the Rhodes or Mitchell will be asked to upload final versions of their essays to the official application systems before campus endorsement interviews (normally in early September), and not to alter essays thereafter.
  • If in doubt, please seek advice from the Fellowships office. In general, applicants may wish to refer to Fellowship Programs' long-standing policy on honesty in fellowship applications and essays.

Required materials that you must provide, full details may be found in the Yale application timeline:

  1. A pdf of the appropriate official application (please see the Yale application timeline for which one is the appropriate one; only one application is required, even if you are applying for endorsement for multiple fellowships, in which case you need only list the proposed degree courses for the other fellowship(s)).
  2. Letters of Reference: 4 (at least 2-3 of these should be from people who have taught you/supervised academic research; applicants may wish to consult a Fellowships adviser about the best choice of recommenders for a particular proposal/fellowship)
  3. Yale College transcript: for the initial campus competition, unofficial Yale College transcripts are sufficient, but please see the campus application timeline for further information, including specific instructions to Marshall applicants.
  4. Transcripts from institutions other than Yale College, if applicable (Marshall applicants should request one official copy of any relevant transcript other than Yale College be sent to the Fellowships office by the campus application deadline; those not applying for the Marshall  need not send official hardcopy transcripts to the Fellowships office but may upload digital versions and should arrange to have original transcripts ready for subsequent stages of competition after the campus endorsement process)
  5. Resume/List of Activities and Awards (2 pages max)
  6. Supplemental Material: Optional, and ONLY after previous consultation with the Fellowships office: supplemental materials in support of a fine/performing arts application for the Marshall

Following the campus endorsement process, applications are finalized and forwarded to the appropriate external selection committee(s). These committees review applications and interview selected finalists before making their decisions and announcing Scholars-Elect (competitions are usual complete in November or early December).



Special Eligibility Requirements:

Please note that to apply for Yale's nomination for the Marshall and/or Rhodes (US/Canadian), a minimum cumulative g.p.a. of 3.7 (without rounding up) is required.


Note that US citizenship is required for most of these fellowships, with the natural exception of the Canadian Rhodes, but see the eligibility requirements for each fellowship, listed separately in the Yale Student Grants Database and on the official websites. 

As of summer 2014, permanent residents of the US may be eligible to apply for the US Rhodes (see their website for details; questions may be referred to the Fellowships office).



Restrictions to Use of Award:

Please see the official rules for each fellowship, available via their websites.

(None of these scholarships may be deferred.)


Links to Additional Information:

  1. Yale application timeline and forms
  2. Marshall website
  3. Mitchell website
  4. Rhodes - US website
  5. Rhodes - Canadian website
  6. Rhodes Trust website (with info for ALL Rhodes countries)
  7. Yale Fellowships office advice about UK/Irish fellowships
  8. General Yale fellowship application advice
  9. Book a Fellowships advising appointment


Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Rebekah Westphal at rebekah.westphal@yale.edu.

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                Begin Accepting Applications Date:
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                Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
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