Three separate forms must be submitted prior to the endorsement deadline in order to complete your application. These include:
- Personal Information form
- Upload Application form
- Submit Recommenders form
We have separated the forms so that you may complete the steps at different times. These forms cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.
Personal Information Form
This form allows you to provide information about you, your education, and your future plans to ODS and the David-Weill Selection Committee. You may complete this form prior to submitting your other application materials.
Your David-Weill personal statement cannot exceed 1,000 words and should be focused on “explaining motivation.” Include details about yourself up to this point, and how you see the scholarship and your chosen master’s program impacting your plans for the future. Be sure to include which program you are applying to. Email ODS for advice about your personal statement.
Recent Graded Research Paper
Research papers should be 8-10 pages with professor comments. Ideally this paper should relate to your chosen field of study. Email ODS if you would like help selecting a paper.
Although the scholarship does not require a current resume, your Sciences Po application does. Your resume will help ODS contextualize the rest of your application. Email ODS if you would like to receive feedback. Samples are available to view in the ODS office.
Provide a copy of your current unofficial UNC transcript, including your latest semester’s grades. Click here for information on how to obtain your transcript online. If you have taken higher education courses that are not reflected on your transcript, provide those transcripts as well. If you are chosen for endorsement, you will be required to submit official transcripts for your Sciences Po application.
Provide a high-resolution head shot photograph (.jpg or .jpeg file) for promotional purposes. It does not need to be professionally taken.
- Personal statement, graded paper, CV, transcripts, photograph
Letters of Recommendation
Request 3 letters of recommendation directly from faculty using the form linked below. We encourage you contact your recommenders at least one month prior to the endorsement deadline and to share your personal statement, resume, and future goals with all recommenders.
When choosing recommenders, consider the following:
- Two of these letters must be academic (It is preferable to choose a professor instead of a teaching assistant)
- The David-Weill Scholarship is looking for candidates who embody academic excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement. Choose recommenders who can comment on those qualities.
When you complete the following form, your recommenders will receive an email with instructions to upload their letters as PDFs. You should ask potential recommenders personally before completing this form.
Recommendations should be signed, on letterhead, and addressed to The Mitchell Scholarship Selection Committee. Please read this letter of guidance and share it with individuals you ask to write a letter of recommendation. Contact ODS if you need advice on choosing and contacting a recommender.
Recommenders who have questions should contact ODS directly.
After You Apply
Interviews with UNC Selection Committee
After reviewing the applications for endorsement, the UNC Michel David-Weill Scholarship Selection Committee will invite competitive applicants to participate in an on-campus interview. Applicants who are unavailable for on-campus interviews should contact ODS prior to the endorsement application deadline to discuss other interview options. The committee can only endorse one candidate per year. The endorsed candidate will be notified soon after the interviews.
Next Steps for Endorsed Candidates
The endorsed candidate will be able to work with ODS to polish their applications prior to the David-Weill Scholarship deadline. It is ODS’s responsibility to submit the finalized application by the deadline; we will work with the endorsed candidate to coordinate this process.
Finalists will be invited to participate in an interview with the Michel David-Weill Selection Committee in New York. The interview will involve a discussion of the student’s essay, as well as his or her application materials. The selection committee will designate the laureate of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship shortly thereafter.