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Major Fellowships Statement of Intent and Pre-Application Instructions

This information is only for those applying for the following: Rhodes Scholarship, British Marshall Fellowship, Cates Cambridge Scholarship and the Mitchell Scholarship.

Once you have familiarized yourself with the fellowship, you will need to begin imagining yourself as a scholar and drafting the application that can help get you to that place. Your statement of intent this semester marks the beginning of a working relationship in which our office works to prepare you for the application next semester.

By the actual submission date in the fall, this statement of purpose will have been revised multiple times. Consider this a full and complete first draft.  Be sure to write a statement of purpose that is specific to the fellowship at hand rather than drawing too much from an existent statement of purpose.

By April 15th, please submit your Pre-Application, Personal Statement and Resume. Clearly label each document with your name and the name of the fellowship, which you should attach in an email to Ricki Shine or in hard copy to 180 Core Campus.

Rhodes Scholarship

  • Personal Statement – a 1000 word essay setting forth personal aspirations and detailing a specific plan of study for their proposed academic work at Oxford. 
  • Look through the programs offered at Oxford so that you can talk with specificity about your proposed work and justify your application to this particular program.

British Marshall Fellowship

  • Personal Statement (1000 words) – Candidates should describe his/her academic and other interests and pursuits

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

  • Describe - in not more than 500 words - how your interests and achievements, both academic and extra-curricular, demonstrate a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others. Please also set out why you think there is a good fit between your professional aspiration and the graduate programme at Cambridge for which you are applying.

Mitchell Scholarship

  • Personal statement (1,000 words maximum). The personal statement or essay is your opportunity to share your personality, passion and drive with the selection committee that cannot be communicated elsewhere in the application materials. You will be required to affirm that this is your original work

Please direct any questions to Ricki Shine at or 864-656-2428, 180 Core Campus.