Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honor of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the 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

  • Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States
  • Must apply within two years of completing the first undergraduate degree
  • Must have obtained a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.7

General Information

Up to forty Marshall Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK 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.

Each applicant is required to outline their proposed field of study and level, and to justify their choice of course and institution in a statement which forms part of the application process. Candidates must indicate two preferred universities. Proposals for study at universities other than Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics are particularly welcomed.  Candidates do not need to have applied for or be accepted to a British university before they apply for a Marshall scholarship. Once a potential course has been selected, applicants are urged to make personal contact with the institution concerned, either by telephone or letter to obtain information. Applicants are asked to state on their application if they have applied, or intend to apply, for any similar scholarships.

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 will not be acceptable. It is unlikely that a scholarship will be awarded for work towards a dental, medical or veterinary science degree as these require five years of study in the UK.

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 towards 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, Kefryn Reese, Director, Prestigious Awards and Fellowships in the Office of Academic Enhancement, Center for Student Services, Building 21, Room Y, 305-284-5387.

Application Procedure and Dates

All applicants for the Marshall scholarship must receive a letter of endorsement from their home university. UM students who wish to be considered for endorsement must submit a preliminary application to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Scholarships no later than May 1, 2014*

Deadline Dates

May 1, 2014: Preliminary application must be submitted to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships.

May 2014: Application material available online.

August 11, 2014: All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for review and possible endorsement.

September 2014: Campus interviews are held.

October 2014: UM nominees submit online application to the British Consulate General.

Mid-November 2014: Finalists are interviewed.

Late-November 2014: Recipients announced.