Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.
WHO WE ARE
Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honour of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.
Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and are overseen by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. The Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In the US the selection process is managed by the regional Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and in Washington DC by the British Embassy.
As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.
The objectives of the programme are as follows:
- To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country's future leaders, to study in the UK.
- To help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
- To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain's centres of academic excellence.
- To motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding.
- To promote the personal and academic fulfilment of each Scholar.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
To be eligible for a 2022 Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:
- Be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
- (By the time they take up their scholarship ie September 2022) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
- Have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree at the time of application. We do not accept rounded GPA's.
- Have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2019.
- Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University or GCSE or A Levels taken at school in the UK.
Before completing the application candidates are advised to consider the objectives of the Marshall Scholarship Programme (see opening paragraph of the Rules for Candidates) and to be aware that the selection committees are seeking candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding.
MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP – CANDIDATE EVALUATION CRITERIA
In appointing Scholars the selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.
The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:
- Academic Merit
- Leadership Potential
- Ambassadorial Potential
Degrees not funded under the Marshall Scholarship:
- Second BA/BSc (undergraduate) Degrees
- MBA (any university)
- MPhil Development Studies (University of Oxford)
- MSc/MFE Financial Economics (any university)
- MSc Global Health Science and Epidemiology (University of Oxford)
- MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine (University of Oxford)
- MSc Law and Finance (University of Oxford)
- MPP (Public Policy) (University of Oxford)
- Degrees leading to professional qualifications in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law (these degrees typically take 5 years to complete)
- Degrees that require extended periods away from the University or the UK, including joint degrees with Universities not in the UK
- Masters degrees that are 15 months or 28 months in length
- PGDip/Certificates in any subject
- Distance Learning Degrees
- Courses that start in January
- Supervised research not leading to a degree qualification
- One year Marshall Scholarship candidates must be registered for degrees that are 12 months in duration. Courses that run for 10 months or less, ie where the course ends before August will not be funded on the one year Scholarship. Please check the university websites carefully for the duration of the degree in months. There are no exceptions to this regulation.
Deadline: September 28, 2021
Cost/funding for participants:
Value: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.
Number of Awards: Up to 50 Scholarships awarded annually.
Tenure: The Two Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (ie 22 months), 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. In addition, thanks to the generous support of the following Universities:
- Up to three third-year extensions may be granted by the University of Oxford to those pursuing a doctorate at Oxford.
The One Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for one academic year (ie 12 months) and cannot be extended.