Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, & Rhodes Awards

LMU's Intent to Apply Deadline: June 1, 2023

Campus Deadline for ALL of the Following Awards: August 31, 2023


Fulbright U.S. Student Program UK & Ireland Study Awards

Campus Deadline: August 31  |   National Deadline: October 2023

Within the UK, candidates may undertake a graduate degree at the institutions listed in the UK Partnership Award category, as long their proposal falls within the parameters of the award. Please review this table and award description for more information on each award. Candidates will complete two applications, the Fulbright application and the university’s application (according to the university’s admissions procedures).

Within Ireland, candidates may undertake a graduate degree at the institutions listed here. Please read the award summaries for specific details.

Both the UK and Ireland awards cover tuition, room & board, and travel to and from the host country. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be US citizens and hold a bachelor’s degree at the start of the grant term. Applicants must also meet the minimum admissions requirements for the UK or Ireland graduate program selected. 

Application Components

  • Online application via Slate
  • 1-page Personal Statement 
  • 2-page Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Letter of Affiliation and/or Admissions Acceptance Letter 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcript


Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in the UK Info Session2018 UK Applicant WorkshopONIF Letter of Rec Advice for the Fulbright Study/Research AwardsFulbright Study: Letter of Recommendation Request FormUK Film Studies SR Sample, LMU Current ApplicantsLMU ONIF Graduate Program Assessment Sheet

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Campus Deadline*: August 31 |   National Deadline: October 2023

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue full-time postgraduate degrees in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Gates-Cambridge Scholarships apply to the following programs: PhD (three-year research-only degree), MSc or MLitt (two-year research-only degree), One-year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA).

Award amount varies by participant to compensate for the University Composition Fee, student allowance (for room & board), one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course, and inbound visa costs & associated NHS surcharge costs.

The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:

  • Academic development funding - from £500 to £2,000, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
  • Family allowance - up to £10,120 for a first child and up to £4,320 for a second child (2018-19 rate). No funding is provided for a partner.
  • Fieldwork - you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your PhD (the Trust does not fund other fieldwork costs as these should be funded by the University Composition Fee).
  • Hardship funding - for unforeseen difficulties
  • Maternity/Paternity funding - should you require it, you may apply to intermit your studies for up to 6 months and continue to receive your maintenance allowance during this time
  • Some fourth year funding for PhD Scholars may be provided

*Recommended campus deadline. Although the Gates Cambridge Scholarship does not require an institutional endorsement, LMU applicants have the option of receiving additional support, including a campus interview, if they submit their applications by the campus deadline. Please contact ONIF for more information.

Eligibility Criteria

You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD (three-year research-only degree)
    • MSc or MLitt (two-year research-only degree)
    • One-year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA, etc.)
  • You must also meet the minimum admissions requirements for your selected graduate degree program at Cambridge
    • Recommended minimum GPA of 3.7+

Application Components

  • University of Cambridge Admissions Application 
  • 500 word Gates Cambridge Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Research Proposal (PhD Applicants Only)
  • Gates Reference- In addition to two academic references for admission, Gates Cambridge applicants submit a reference about their fit with the scholarship


Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in the UK Info Session2018 UK Applicant WorkshopGates Cambridge: Letter of Recommendation Request FormLMU ONIF Graduate Program Assessment Sheet

Marshall Scholarship

Campus Deadline: August 31 |   National Deadline: September 2023

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study.

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments, and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent, and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.

University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States, and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse, are covered.

In appointing Scholars the selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders, and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential.

The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
  • (by the time they take up their scholarship) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree. (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application). We do not accept rounded GPA's.
  • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university no earlier than two years before the application deadline.
  • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University or GCSE or A Levels taken at school in the UK.

Application Components

  • Online application via Embark 
    • Biographical and short answer questions
    • Post Scholarship Plan response, 150 words
    • Personal Statement, 750 words
    • Leadership Potential essay, 500 words
    • Ambassadorial Potential essay, 500 words
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript (applicant requests from Prowl and submits to ONIF by the campus deadline)


Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in the UK Info Session2018 UK Applicant WorkshopONIF Letter of Rec Advice for the Marshall ScholarshipMarshall Letter of Recommendation Request FormLMU ONIF Graduate Program Assessment Sheet

Mitchell Scholarship

Campus Deadline: August 31 |   National Deadline: September 2023

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to the community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria:

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • A Sustained Commitment to Community and Public Service.

The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses, and travel.

Eligibility Criteria

A Candidate for the Mitchell Scholarship Program must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 28 of the year of the application (those who turn 30 on September 29th are not eligible).
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Degrees from internationally accredited universities are acceptable if all other conditions are met.
  • While married applicants or applicants with partners are accepted, no allowance is made for the expenses of an applicant’s spouse, partner, or dependents. It is important to note that the relevant government agency may require spouses or partners who are non-EU citizens to enroll full-time and prove financial resources for the year or to obtain a work permit before seeking paid employment in Ireland. Please check with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland for additional information.

Application Components

  • Online application
  • 1,000 word Personal Statement
  • 4 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcript(s)
  • Passport-style Photo (PDF)
  • PDF scan of signature
  • Video interview


Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in the UK Info Session2018 UK Applicant WorkshopONIF Letter of Rec Advice for the Mitchell ScholarshipMitchell: Letter of Recommendation Request FormLMU ONIF Graduate Program Assessment Sheet

Rhodes Scholarship

Campus Deadline: August 31 |  National Deadline:  TBD Fall 2023

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

The four criteria which governed the selection of Rhodes Scholars in 1902 are still the guiding criteria for the selection of Rhodes Scholars:

  • Literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
  • Energy to use one's talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
  • Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness, and fellowship
  • Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

The Rhodes Scholarship covers Oxford University (and College) fees as well as providing an annual stipend. In addition to the above, the Rhodes Trust will cover two economy class flights - to and from the UK - for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford. Scholars receive a settling-in allowance on arrival. The International Health Surcharge, which enables international students to access the UK's National Health Service, is covered for the duration of a Scholar's tenure. Following selection for the Scholarship, the Rhodes Trust will also cover the application fee required to apply to study at the University of Oxford.

Eligibility Criteria

For U.S. applicants, At the time of application, an applicant must be:

  • A citizen of the United States OR a lawful permanent resident of the United States OR a U.S. resident with DACA status on April 15 in the year of application.
  • Eligible to apply through one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or one of the U.S. territories: either in the state or territory where the applicant was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where the applicant will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following the election.
  • At least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application).

An applicant with dual citizenship or applying as a United States lawful permanent resident or a U.S. resident with DACA status shall not have applied for the Scholarship as a citizen or permanent resident of another country, may not apply in two jurisdictions at once, and may not apply in a different national jurisdiction after having applied in the United States.

For all other applicants, please locate your Rhodes constituency (country). If your country is not listed, please apply for the Global Scholarship.

Application Components

  • Online application
  • Personal Statement, 1000 words*
  • List of Principal Activities
  • Proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
  • Official transcript (or transcripts)
  • A clear, printable head and shoulders photograph (preferably high resolution).
  • 5-8 Letters of Recommendation
    • At least 4 of these letters must be persons from whom the applicant has received undergraduate or graduate instruction, and at least 1 letter (the fifth) must speak to the applicant's character

*Applicants are required to abide by the following instructions: “Your personal statement should be entirely your own work, with no assistance received. Through the online application form, you will be asked to verify and sign that the entered/uploaded personal statement is your own work and that no external help was given in its creation or editing.” For more information about this Rhodes-specific policy, please visit: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/ 


Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in the UK Info Session2018 UK Applicant WorkshopONIF Letter of Rec Advice for the Rhodes Scholarship, Rhodes: Letter of Recommendation Request FormLMU ONIF Graduate Program Assessment SheetRhodes website for U.S. applicantsRhodes website for non-U.S. applicants

Note: Candidates must be nominated by LMU for all of the above awards, excluding the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Students interested in applying should contact ONIF for more information about the application process. Contact person: Dr. Cassidy Alvarado, 310.338.3792, fellowships@lmu.edu


For official information on these awards, which supersedes any information provided here, please visit the scholarship websites.