MARSHALL/ MITCHELL/ RHODES TIMETABLE for 2011-2012 Yale Office of Fellowship Programs **Updated forms and information about the Yale application process should be available online in June from the OFP website (www.yale.edu/ofp). Watch our listserv for announcements. March - June Research degree programs at universities in the UK and Ireland, including courses of study and degree programs. Information is available online through the Fellowships website’s Resources for Study in the UK and Ireland (www.yale.edu/yalecollege/academics/fellowships/resources/uk), and through official Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes websites. On UK/Irish university websites, see especially the graduate prospectus, and where available the “alternative” prospectus (this will be the one written by students for students—useful taken with a grain of salt). Consult your faculty mentors about suitable programs, make an appointment to talk to Kate Dailinger at the Fellowships office, and talk to Graduate Fellowship Affiliates and other contacts (ask Kate for suggestions from the Yale network). Review Yale application information and all forms via the Yale Student Grants Database (http://studentgrants.yale.edu/ ). Official online application systems will be available for the Marshall from late spring, for Mitchell from April, and for the US Rhodes from July, with Canadian Rhodes available about June 1. [Rhodes competitions in countries other than the US and Canada have different deadlines and requirements than those listed here, so check them individually via the Rhodes Trust website (www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/); though only the US and Canadian Rhodes ask for endorsement from your university, Kate gladly advises applicants for other competitions.] The official Marshall application system requires that you register for either the 1- or 2-year option, and only for one of these options; if you’ve doubts or queries contact Kate ahead of time. For all these competitions, it is advisable to refrain from registering recommenders in the official online application systems until the autumn; and please DO NOT enter endorser information or click to submit applications electronically until asked to do so by OFP. Think about who might write strong letters of reference in support of each of your applications (Kate at Fellowships can help with strategy). Make initial contacts with people you hope will write your references (see www.yale.edu/yalecollege/academics/fellowships/application) and acquire summer contact information. For the campus endorsement process, only 4 letters are required, one of which should be from your primary academic recommender. You will also need to ask your college Dean for a report. (See Yale request forms via the Student Grants Database). Should you win Yale’s endorsement, you may need extra letters: The final official Marshall application requires 4 letters of recommendation, at least 2 of which must be from faculty who have taught you and/or supervised research. The official Mitchell requires 5 letters, at least 3 of which must be from faculty who have taught you. The US Rhodes requires 5-8 letters, at least 4 of which must be from faculty who have taught you; the Canadian Rhodes requires exactly 6. Other Rhodes applications vary: look online, and ask Kate. Begin work on essays and “proposed academic programme(s)” (seek advice at www.yale.edu/yalecollege/academics/fellowships/application/index.html , from your academic advisers, college writing tutor, Kate Dailinger at Fellowships, Graduate Fellowship Affiliates www.yale.edu/yalecollege/academics/fellowships/resources/graduate/index.html ...). July-August After July 1, register in the online Yale Student Grants Database, and work on your application(s). Work on drafts of essays, seeking advice as above. Send drafts of essays to referees/college dean, along with the appropriate Yale request for letter/Dean’s Report form (available via the Student Grants Database). Transcripts: Yale: We will pull your unofficial Yale transcript for the campus endorsement process, and facilitate the ordering of official Yale transcripts if you are endorsed; colleges and universities other than Yale: if you are applying for the Marshall, please have official transcripts sent to the Fellowships office by the campus application deadline; if you are applying only for the Mitchell and/or Rhodes, you may submit unofficial transcripts for the campus endorsement process, but NB that you may need official transcripts later in the process (see Yale application checklist and official guidelines). Plan ahead to avoid last-minute stress! August Now might be a good time to begin working on applications for admission to British/Irish universities if planning to apply independently (this isn’t required to apply for Marshall, Mitchell, or Rhodes but is recommended if you want also to pursue other funding options). NB that other fellowship deadlines will follow soon… (e.g., the Gates and Churchill fall in October) Aug. 10th If you would like feedback before the campus application deadline this is the last date by which to submit drafts to Kate at Fellowships: book an appointment in the usual way, and email drafts at least 24 hours in advance. (See online Fellowships Guidelines for submitting essays.) Wed., Aug. 17 CAMPUS REGISTRATION DEADLINE You must register via the online Student Grants Database after July 1 & by this deadline for each fellowship to which you’re applying, and for “Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Applications.” NB: the fifth “letter of recommendation” is your Dean’s Report; only 4 letters will be read. Wed., Aug. 24 CAMPUS APPLICATION DEADLINE (11.59am) Late applications will not be accepted! Application materials should be submitted via the online Yale Student Grants Database. (Alumni who cannot access the database should contact Fellowships for instructions.) Please see the Student Grants Database for details/forms and an application checklist but in general a complete application for the campus deadline includes: the Yale Application Cover Sheet, a pdf of the appropriate official fellowship application (including essays; but please DO NOT enter endorser information or submit applications electronically until asked to by OFP), a detailed résumé or list of activities and awards, and transcripts from all colleges attended other than Yale (see note on transcripts above, under July-August). In addition: please request that a Dean's Report and four (4) letters of reference (including your primary academic reference) be submitted by their writers via the online Yale Student Grants Database by the campus application deadline. Check your application in the Student Grants Database to track what’s been received. early September Yale Marshall/Mitchell/Rhodes Committee reviews applications. Selected applicants will be invited via e-mail to campus interviews. Sept. 9-16, 2011 Yale Marshall/Mitchell/Rhodes Committee conducts campus interviews to help determine which applicants to endorse for further competition. Applicants will know results by September 19th. There will be a meeting for endorsed candidates on Monday, September 19th. late September Finalization of applications by endorsed candidates. Final letters of reference are uploaded—by their writers, not by candidates—to be received by the national deadlines. Please refer any questions or difficulties you or your recommenders may have to firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-432-8685. Sept. 29, 2011 Deadline by which endorsed MARSHALL candidates must electronically submit final versions of their official noon applications; also the latest recommended date for uploading of letters, so that all may be officially submitted to the Marshall Commission by the Fellowships office by the national deadline. NATIONAL DEADLINES Final applications, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and endorsements must be submitted by the deadlines. Plan ahead and avoid undue stress! The national deadline for the MARSHALL is October 3, 2011 (but see Sept. 29 deadline above). The national deadline for the MITCHELL is October 4, 2011. The national deadline for the US RHODES is October 5, 2011. The national deadline for the Canadian RHODES is October 14, 2011. October- Endorsed candidates should talk with Kate at Fellowships and with their Masters/Deans about practice interviews. early Nov. Regional committees for the Marshall, the national committee for the Mitchell, and district or provincial committees for the Rhodes notify applicants selected for interviews. Endorsed candidates may apply for admission directly to British/Irish universities. Oct. 24-30 Mitchell semi-finalist interviews conducted via Skype. Nov. 7-15 Marshall regional committees interview selected finalists. Winners notified shortly thereafter, but official announcement is later. Nov. 18-19 Mitchell finalist interviews in Washington, DC. Winners are announced shortly thereafter. Nov. 18-19 US Rhodes district committees interview selected finalists. Winners announced on the spot. Late-Nov. Canadian Rhodes provincial committees interview selected finalists. Winners are announced -early Dec. shortly thereafter. Updated information on the Yale application process and forms should be available from June: watch www.yale.edu/ofp and the listserv. In addition, resources are available on campus including advisors and library materials at OFP, Yale faculty, residential college fellows, deans, and graduate fellowship affiliates. Interested applicants are urged particularly to contact: Kate Dailinger, adviser for UK and Irish Fellowships, Yale Office of Fellowship Programs, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd floor. Appointments in person or via telephone/Skype may be scheduled online at www.yale.edu/yalecollege/academics/fellowships/appointment. Inquiries, email: email@example.com . Remember, too, that Kate can help with Yale contacts for advice about individual scholarships/universities/degree courses—just ask!