Marshall Scholarship

Internal deadline: September 9, 2016 (Complete application required by internal deadline.)
National deadline: October 3, 2016

Eligibility requirements

●      U.S. citizen
●      Undergraduate degree from accredited four-year college or university in U.S.
●      Minimum GPA of 3.7
●      No prior study at or degree from British universities/institutions 

Award summary and conditions: The Marshall Scholarship finances American students of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field. The scholarship pays for university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the U.S. and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

One-Year Marshall Scholarship: The one-year scholarship is aimed at applicants who wish to study in the UK and have convincing reasons to pursue a one-year scholarship rather than the traditional two-year Marshall Scholarship. To be eligible for the one-year scholarship applicants must have a clear post-scholarship plan. This should demonstrate what the applicant plans to do immediately after the Marshall Scholarship and why one year spent in the UK would enhance these plans. It is a condition of the award that Marshall Scholars must proceed to a degree that can be completed within the 12 months.  

Two-Year Marshall Scholarship: The traditional Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years but may be extended by the Commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year. Third-year extensions are granted by the Commission on a limited basis, for strong academic reasons, subject to the availability of funds.

Candidates may apply for a one-year or a two-year scholarship but not both.

EPA Marshall: Jointly funded by the Marshall Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, these scholarships support research in the area of the environment and can be in any related field. Applicants may study at any appropriate UK Institution.  The EPA Marshall Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for exceptional U.S. students to begin or continue their graduate environmental studies at a British university. To be eligible for the EPA Marshall Scholarship, applicants must first be selected as Marshall Scholars, applying in the usual way, and must be pursuing a graduate degree in one of the following areas:

●      Physical, life or systematic sciences
●      Engineering and technology
●      Economics
●      Social and behavioral sciences
●      Urban and regional planning
●      Communication science

Any Marshall Scholar who is selected for research in an environmental field may be considered by the EPA for an EPA Marshall Scholarship.

Application process: online (except for hard-copy transcripts, which are mailed)

Application requirements: Applications are made in one of eight regions in the United States. Candidates may apply in the region of their home address or in the region of current residence/employment/study. 

●      Online application
●      Letters of recommendation (4) Applicants should identify recommenders in the following order: Primary recommender first, identified as such. Second and third recommenders follow. Fourth recommender designated to discuss leadership of applicant.
●      Institutional Letter of Endorsement
●      Short essay: Post-Scholarship Plans: Candidates should describe their immediate plans upon completion of their Marshall Scholarship and how two years spent undertaking a degree in the UK will enhance these plans. Candidates should describe plans for employment or further study and indicate how they will develop ongoing connections with the UK.  Candidates should also indicate a career objective. (300 words)
●      Short essay: Academic Proposal: Candidates should describe their proposed academic programme, giving reasons for their choice of course and preferred university. Those hoping to read for a research degree should give an outline proposal of the research they wish to undertake and with whom they want to work. Candidates should also explain their second-choice course of study and institution.
●       Leadership Statement. Refer to the Commission's criteria on leadership potential:
●      Transcript (mailed); one original and five copies with ID code on each.

More information:

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Internal nomination required: Yes

National committee interview: Yes