United Kingdom Fellowships Week to highlight research, study opportunities

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Undergraduates interested in pursuing international research and study opportunities are encouraged to attend events offered March 20-24 at University Park as part of United Kingdom Fellowships Week.

Sponsored by Penn State’s University Fellowships Office, the week will highlight relevant academic programs based in the U.K. and Ireland, as well as provide guidance for completing fellowship applications.

“We are hosting U.K. Week to make the Penn State community aware of the many diverse opportunities that exist for students to pursue academic and scholarly pursuits at some of the world’s top institutions,” said Tanya Furman, interim director of the University Fellowships Office and associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education.

“Penn State students are well-prepared for these opportunities, and we hope to increase the number who will seek and receive them.”

The following array of fellowships and scholarships will be discussed in depth throughout the week:

  • The Rhodes Scholarship is offered to outstanding seniors and gives them the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford.
  • The Marshall Scholarship is awarded to seniors from all academic backgrounds who wish to pursue graduate studies in the U.K.
  • The Mitchell Scholarship is intended for seniors who aspire to build upon their intellectual achievement and commitment to community through the program based in Ireland.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed for seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni who are interested in a wide breadth of scholarly, research and teaching experiences.
  • The Churchill Scholarship is awarded to students from science, mathematics and engineering fields to complete one year of master’s study at the University of Cambridge.
  • The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is given to outstanding students who aim to contribute to society and improve the lives of others following up to three years of graduate study at the University of Cambridge.
  • The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is offered to juniors and seniors who are passionate about biomedical research careers.

Monday, March 20:

“Fellowships 101,” slated for noon to 1 p.m. in 323 Boucke Building, will lay the groundwork for the fellowships process and offer an overview of opportunities.

Tuesday, March 21:

Fellowships spanning the U.K. will be at the forefront of an information session scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. in 308 Boucke. The Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and St. Andrews Scholarship will be covered.

Wednesday, March 22:

A panel discussion titled “Faculty and Students Working Together for Success” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Grandfather Clock Lounge of Atherton Hall. Participants will address the responsibilities of both students and faculty supervisors throughout the fellowships nomination process.

Thursday, March 23:

An information session from noon to 1 p.m. in 311 Boucke will address STEM-focused opportunities, including the Churchill Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Scholarship, and NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program.

Friday, March 24:

Drop-in hours will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 321 Boucke, allowing undergraduate students to learn more about finding opportunities and launching the application process.

The complete schedule for United Kingdom Fellowships Week can be viewed here.

To learn more about scholarship and fellowship opportunities based in the U.K., visit the University Fellowships Office website.         

The University Fellowships Office is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at undergrad.psu.edu.

Last Updated March 13, 2017