University Fellowships Office to host UK Week, Jan. 29 to Feb. 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State University Fellowships Office will host “UK Week” from Monday, Jan. 29, through Thursday, Feb. 1, emphasizing prestigious research and graduate study opportunities for students from various academic disciplines.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to attend the information sessions and panel discussion, which will address specific program benefits and best practices for applying.

“Students might not initially consider graduate school in the United Kingdom because of the costs associated with attending school in a different country, but I hope that they consider otherwise after attending this week’s events,” said Caitlin Ting, interim director of the University Fellowships Office. “The United Kingdom is one of the world leaders in academic innovation and research, and there are a number of fellowship opportunities available to help fund their graduate study there.”

The following scholarship and fellowship opportunities will be spotlighted:

  • 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 St. Andrews Fellowships is aimed at seniors who have proof of some Scottish descent to pursue graduate studies in Scotland.
  • 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, Jan. 29

An overview of United Kingdom-based fellowships and research grants will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. in 217 Hammond Building.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

Fellowships tailored for graduate study will be the focus of this information session from 4 to 5 p.m. in 307 Boucke Building. The Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, St. Andrews Fellowship and Fulbright programs will be discussed in depth.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

A faculty and student panel titled “Collaboration for Success” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 209 Hammond Building. Participants will talk about their firsthand fellowship experiences, with an emphasis on the application process. Students, as well as faculty who supervise undergraduate research, are invited to attend. 

Thursday, Feb. 1

The final information session will spotlight fellowships tailored for STEM graduate study in the United Kingdom, namely the Churchill, Gates Cambridge and NIH Oxford-Cambridge programs. It is slated for 4 to 5 p.m. in 307 Boucke Building.

The complete UK Week schedule can be viewed here.

To learn more about scholarships and fellowships opportunities, 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

Last Updated January 29, 2018