UW Honors Announcements

February 12, 2020

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 on the island of Ireland?  Consider applying for UW nomination to compete for scholarship support through the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge or Churchill scholarship programs. These scholarships fully-fund graduate studies/research at universities in England, Republic of Ireland, Northern 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 and Ireland. 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 will be in early 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: https://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/582.

UW Deadline: April 26, 2020 for 2021-22 scholarships.


SPECIAL EVENT: Marshall Scholarships Information Session with Special Guests

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., MGH 171 or online

  • Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at any UK institution in any field of study.
  • Join Mr. Robin Twyman, Consul (Business and Government Affairs) in the UK Government Office in Seattle, to learn more about the Marshall Scholarships program and application process. Mr. Twyman will be joined by UW faculty member and Marshall Scholar alumnus Dr. David Ginger, Chemistry, who will share his experiences studying in the UK as a Marshall Scholar.
  • Please RSVP to attend either in-person or online.


General UW Information Sessions: Join us to learn more about the campus application and nomination process for any and all of these scholarships, whether you know you’re interested or just exploring options! RSVP for any session at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/200

  • Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, 11:30am-12:30pm, MGH 171 or online
  • Monday, March 2, 2020, 5:30-6:30pm, MGH 171 or online
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171 or online

General Eligibility Guidelines:

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 Rhodes and Marshall)
  • A strong track record of research experience, engagement in communities, extracurricular involvement and/or leadership 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 9/25/20) and Rhodes Scholarships (upon entry to Oxford, the candidate must either be under 25 years of age, or up to a maximum age of 28 years old if they have completed their first undergraduate degree within the last 2 years).
  • For this year’s competitions, Churchill Scholarships are limited to 2020 & 2021 grads. Marshall Scholarships are limited to those graduating after April 2018.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree by August 2021, and expect to enter a UK grad program in fall 2021.


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 (robinc@uw.edu) 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.


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 2020 or 2021.

For more information, please see:

Official Churchill Scholarship program information: http://winstonchurchillfoundation.org/.

List of eligible graduate degree programs at Cambridge: http://winstonchurchillfoundation.org/programs.html

UW applicant information: http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/churchill

Read about UW grad Tim Welsh, who was selected as a 2018 Churchill Scholar.


Gates Cambridge Scholarship:

Gates Cambridge Scholarships support 1-4 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:

Official Gates Cambridge Scholarship program information: http://www.gatescambridge.org/

UW applicant information: http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/gatesc


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 2018-August 2021.

For more information, please see:

Official Marshall Scholarship program information: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

List of eligible UK universities: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/studyuk/ukinstitutions

UW applicant information: http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/marshall

Read about UW grad Havana McElvaine, 2019 Marshall Scholar.


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. 25, 2020). Applicants are recommended to have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

For more information, please see:

Official Mitchell Scholarship program information: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/mitchellscholarship

UW applicant information: http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/mitchell


Rhodes Scholarship:

The Rhodes Scholarship provides students with funding for 2-3 years at Oxford University. Applicants must 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 18-28 by start of studies at Oxford.

For more information, please see:

US program information: http://www.rhodesscholar.org

               International program information: http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/

UW applicant information: for US citizen students at https://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/rhodes