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Endorsement Process for Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell

Applying for the Rhodes, Marshall, and/or Mitchell - 2019

The Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships for graduate study in the UK and the Mitchell Scholarship for graduate study in Ireland require that candidates obtain institutional endorsement from the University of Pennsylvania in order to apply (except for graduate students and alumni applying for the Mitchell Scholarship). This means the University must formally nominate its applicants with a letter of endorsement. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) manages this process on behalf of applicants and the University.

If you are considering applying to commence study in the UK or Ireland in Fall 2020:

  • Request access to our Canvas site as soon as possible to learn more about preparing for these and other fellowships
  • Submit a preliminary Request for Endorsement form as soon as possible, to have first preference for being matched with a Fellowship Advisor (applications will be considered during the summer, but starting this process as soon as possible is strongly encouraged because most successful applicants start early)
  • Your complete application and all recommendation letters will be due to CURF no later than 4:00pm on August 15, 2019
  • Interviews for Penn endorsement with the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty Review Committee, which is comprised of Penn faculty who have been awarded prestigious scholarships and are actively engaged in promoting the University’s academic mission, will take place the first week of September
  • Applicants selected for endorsement must then apply (and their recommenders must re-submit their recommendations) directly through the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell websites by their national deadlines


Applicants complete this form to request access to Penn's Canvas site for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell and other major scholarships. After reading the Getting Started section of the Canvas syllabus, applicants submit a Request for Endorsement form to CURF, indicating the fellowships and degree programs to which they wish to apply. These program choices are preliminary and can be changed as applicants sharpen their focus. When uploading your resume, please use the following document naming convention: lastname_firstname 

Potential applicants for Penn Endorsement planning to begin graduate study in Fall 2020 should promptly submit their Request for Endorsement. Applicants who submit their Request for Endorsement form as soon as possible, receive first-choice of a potential Fellowship Advisor. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit this form as soon as possible – ideally no later than Spring semester of the year they are applying for university endorsement (i.e., Applicants should start planning over a year before they wish to begin their graduate program in the UK or Ireland).  The earlier applicants begin, the more time they have to prepare a strong application.  Applicants who submit a Request for Endorsement by June 30 will be assigned a Fellowship Advisor who will help the applicant clarify goals, values and purposes, assist with application details, and draft the letter of endorsement on behalf of the University. Applicants who submit a Request for Endorsement form after June 30 are not guaranteed a fellowship advisor, but will be considered for university endorsement and assigned a fellowship advisor (subject to advisor availability).  After July 1, candidates must email Dr. Wallace Genser at CURF to be considered for endorsement. 

Candidates are also required to attend Fellowship Information Sessions (Spring 2019 sessions are posted on the CURF events page) and call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wallace Genser to discuss the application process.


Completed applications (including all essays, forms, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) are due to CURF NO LATER THAN 4:00PM AUGUST 15, 2019, for applicants wishing to begin their graduate study in the UK or Ireland in Fall 2020.

Endorsed candidates are responsible for reviewing and understanding all requirements and regulations pertaining to the scholarship(s) for which they are applying, and for ensuring that all materials are submitted to CURF and to the various fellowships sites by their Fall 2019 deadlines.