Rhodes & Marshall Internal Nomination Application

Application Details & Timeline

Please submit your application and materials by June 4, 2024 by 5pm ET. To submit your application please

For currently enrolled students, please fill out this application.

For alumni, please fill out this application.

(NOTE: You MUST be signed into Airtable with an mit or alum.mit email account to access the application.)

In order to submit your letter of recommendation, have your recommender email your letter of support directly to our team (imurray@mit.edu). If you do not submit these materials by June 4, 2024, you will not be considered for MIT’s internal nominations for the Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships.

Please reach out to Kim (benard@mit.edu) and Ian (imurray@mit.edu), if you have any questions or concerns. You may also make an appointment with either of us via Handshake.


Essay Prompts

For the internal application we ask applicants to compose three essays, 500 words each. These should give the reader an idea of why you want to pursue a fellowship and what kind of challenges you’d like to tackle—whether you receive a fellowship or not. Our staff are here to help you work on drafts of these essays prior to submission.


  • In this short essay, clearly state your ideal future goal, why it is important to the world and you, examples of things you have done to prepare you to achieve that goal, why the goal is difficult, and how the world will be changed through your contributions.


  • Define your vision of leadership and then provide a specific example of you enacting that leadership. This should NOT be a list of tasks or accomplishments, but a story of how you had a vision, how you led that vision, and the results.


  • This essay can be used to talk about your personal journey and influences, an extracurricular activity you love that doesn’t fit into your personal statement (i.e., sports, volunteer work, mentoring), or other things that don’t fit easily into other categories. Use this to let us see you as a person not an accomplishment machine.