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CU Application Process

Important Dates

August 13 Deadline: Applications due to the Fellowship Coordinator.  See below for details.
September 9-13 Endorsement interviews with campus committee
September 23 Deadline: FINAL SUBMISSION of endorsed applications to the Fellowship Coordinator
September 30 Deadline:  Final submission of endorsed applications to the Marshall Commission
November Practice interviews for applicants invited to Marshall regional committee interview
November TBD Foundation interviews.  Marshall Scholars selected soon thereafter.
April 2020 Cornell Fellowships Reception for all endorsed applicants

Applications from students and alumni must be processed and endorsed through the CCS fellowships office to be eligible for the competition at the regional and/or national level. Endorsement decisions are final and not subject to appeal.


You must contact Beth Fiori, the Fellowship Coordinator, at to begin the application process. You will submit the materials below electronically to the Fellowship Coordinator by the August deadline. The Fellowship Coordinator will forward your application materials to the Cornell Endorsement Committee.

Submit to the Fellowship Coordinator:

  • Waivers and memoranda of understanding (available from Cornell fellowships office)
  • Application form, including personal statement, academic proposal, and essays on leadership and ambassador potential
  • Official, official transcript(s) of all college work

All letters are due to the Fellowship Coordinator by the August deadline. You should ask for recommendations at least four weeks before the due date. Have a conversation with your potential recommenders so they understand the scholarship's selection criteria and have enough information about your candidacy to write a detailed, evaluative letter. Recommenders should submit their letters directly to the Fellowship Coordinator but may also submit them on-line once you have opened your on-line application. Neither the letters nor your application will go forward to the Marshall regional committee until after the campus endorsement process. (N.B. This is different from the Rhodes letter submission process.)