Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament and named in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States (by the time the student takes up the scholarship).
  • Can also apply within two years of completing the first undergraduate degree.
  • Cumulative GPA of not less than 3.7.

General Information

Up to 40 Marshall Scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a U.K. institution in any field of study. A Marshall Scholarship is tenable for one or two academic years at any British university but may be extended by the commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year.

Applicants are required to submit a statement that outlines their proposed field of study and level and that justifies their choice of course and institution. They must indicate two preferred universities. Once a potential course has been selected, applicants are urged to obtain further information by making personal contact with the institution concerned. Applicants are asked to state on their application if they have applied or intend to apply for any similar scholarships. Proposals for study at universities other than Oxford and Cambridge are particularly welcomed.

Proposals to register for higher degrees in subjects such as archaeology, anthropology, or the earth sciences, which will require spending lengthy periods away from the university outside of the United Kingdom, normally are not acceptable. It is unlikely that a scholarship will be awarded for work toward a dental, medical, or veterinary science degree, as these require five years of study in the U.K.

Each scholarship covers 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 toward the support of a dependent spouse.

Additional information may be found at the Marshall Scholarship Website (http://www.marshallscholarship.org) or by contacting the campus representative, April Dobbins, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Application Procedures

All applicants for the Marshall scholarship must obtain a letter of endorsement from their home university.  UM students who wish to be considered for endorsement submit a UK Fellowships Preliminary Application to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Scholarships by May 15, 2017 (extended from May 1st).The preliminary application helps the UM fellowship advising staff better understand your goals. If you miss the preliminary deadline, you may still be considered for endorsement by completing the Marshall Scholarship Full Campus Application by August 17, 2017.

Application Documents

UK Fellowships Preliminary Application
Full Campus Application Instructions - Marshall Scholarship
Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell Scholarships: Letter of Recommendation Guide for Faculty

Application Timeline

May 15, 2017 (extended from May 1st): UK Fellowships Preliminary Application is due to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships.  Students/Alumni who miss this deadline may still be considered for endorsement by submitting the full campus application (see instructions above)

May 2017
Marshall Scholarship application available online at http://www.marshallscholarship.org

August 17, 2017
Marshall Scholarship Full Campus Application is due to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships

September 2017
Campus interviews are held

October 2017
UM nominees submit Marshall scholarship application online at marshallscholarship.org

Mid-November 2017
Finalists are interviewed.

Late-November 2017
Recipients announced.