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Scholarships for UK & Ireland Studies/Research

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 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 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: April 28, 2019 for 2020-21 scholarships.

SPECIAL EVENT: Marshall Scholarships Information Session with Special Guests

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., MGH 171

  • 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 Dr. David Ginger, Chemistry, and Dr. Emma Schmidgall, Research Associate in Physics, who will share their experiences studying in the UK as Marshall Scholars. 2019 Marshall Scholar Havana McElvaine will also be on hand!
  • Please RSVP to attend, though drop-ins are welcome!


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

  • Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, 12:30-1:30pm, MGH 171
  • Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5:00-6:00pm, MGH 171
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171


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 9/28/19) and Rhodes Scholarships (18-23 by 10/1/19).
  • For this year’s competitions, Churchill Scholarships are limited to 2019 & 2020 grads. Marshall Scholarships are limited to those graduating after April 2017.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree by August 2020, and expect to enter a UK grad program in fall 2020.

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.

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 2019 or 2020.

For more information, please see:

Official Churchill Scholarship program information:

List of eligible graduate degree programs at Cambridge:

UW applicant information:

UW grad Tim Welsh was selected as a 2018 Churchill Scholar! Congrats Tim (Chemistry, Biochemistry, ACMS majors)! He is at Cambridge now conducting research with the Knowles lab and earning a master’s degree in Chemistry.

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:

Official Gates Cambridge Scholarship program information:

UW applicant information:

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 2017-August 2020.

For more information, please see:

Official Marshall Scholarship program information:

List of eligible UK universities:

UW applicant information:

Congratulations to UW grad Havana McElvaine, 2019 Marshall Scholar.  Havana (Sociology major) will begin her studies at the London School of Economics and Oxford University in fall 2019.

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. 28, 2019). Applicants are recommended to have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

For more information, please see:

Official Mitchell Scholarship program information:

UW applicant information:

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 18-23 by Oct. 1.

For more information, please see:

US program information:

International program information:

UW applicant information: for US citizen students at