COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

UK and Irish Scholarships

These scholarships provide funding for graduate study in the UK, Ireland, or Scotland.

Upcoming Info Session

UK/Irish Fellowships Info Session
Tuesday, Feb 18 at 4:30pm in Library 201


For fellowships that require Middlebury nomination, candidates must submit the online UK/Irish Nomination Application by 11:59 pm on April 1.

Alumni may use the Word version found on the forms page.

Note: letters of recommendation are NOT included in this stage of application. One brief faculty assessment is required by April 6. Talk with this individual well in advance of your April 1 submission!

In completing the application, be concise and focused in your answers. Review the guidance below!

The UK/Irish Scholarships committee will interview qualified applicants in late April/early May and select nominees.

Selected nominees will solicit letters of recommendation from faculty and work with the fellowships advisor, to complete their application for the final deadline. See specific scholarships for additional details.

All of the below scholarships require nomination by Middlebury except the Ertegun and Gates-Cambridge.

For the St. Andrews, we often have a second round of recruitment in fall if needed but we ask applicants for other UK/Irish scholarships to note their interest in the St. Andrews, if applicable.

Churchill (UK) 

Ertegun (UK, Humanities fields at Oxford; open to non-UK citizens)

Gates-Cambridge (UK; Cambridge University,open to non-UK citizens) 

Keasbey (UK) (next available to Feb, May 2022 grads) 

Marshall (UK) 

Mitchell (Ireland) 

Rhodes (UK) 

St. Andrews (Scotland)

Guidance for Completing the Nomination Application

Tips for answering the nomination application questions:

  • Answer the question asked. Be specific and do not worry that this is not a comprehensive picture of you as a candidate. This application is intended to help us understand how strong of an applicant you might be for one of these fellowships. Use this as an opportunity to focus on what you want to do and why. Don't worry if you're not absolutely sure. Give us your best understanding of yourself and your future directions.
  • Do not quote from UK university program websites. Tell us why this program is important and relevant for your longer term objectives in your own words. 
  • Maximum word counts are there as a guide. If you don't need that much space, don't use it.
  • Do not worry about the quality of the prose or narrative style. That is something you work on if you are nominated.
  • Do not draw on high school experiences unless important and directly relevant.
  • We do ask for a brief statement of support from a faculty member who has taught you or worked with you in research capacity. You should be discussing your interest in these graduate programs AND applying for nomination with this person already. Tell them they will be asked for a brief assessment (not a formal letter) by April 6. This email request is triggered by your application submission. This should not come as a surprise to them. 
  • Know that you can be an excellent student and an excellent candidate for a top graduate program, yet not be a competitive candidate for a British scholarship. This does not mean that you should not apply--but it is important to know that academic excellence alone is insufficient for these scholarships. 
  • Dean Gates is happy to meet with you before this nomination application is due to discuss your interest and questions about the process. See go/fellowships for instructions on setting up a time.