About the Marshall

  • MUST be a US citizen
  • MUST have a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Campus Due Date: September 15, 2017


The highly prestigious Marshall Scholarship supports 2 years of study in any discipline at a university in the UK, leading to the award of a British University degree. Up to 40 awards are given each year. The award 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.

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.

Scholarships are open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2013, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2010. Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship.

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.


Application Timeline and Due Dates 

Applications are made in one of eight geographic regions in the United States. Candidates may apply in one region only - either that in which they have their permanent home address or ordinary place of residence/employment, or that in which they are studying.

Your application will consist of:

  • An online application form
  • 4 letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of not more than 1,000 words (approx. 4 pages double-spaced)
  • A statement of not more than 500 words (approx. 2 pages double-spaced) describing your proposed academic program.
  • A statement of not more than 500 words describing why you want to live and study in the UK. This is a VERY important element of the application and so obviously needs to be more than “They speak English,” or “I like fish and chips”!!!
  •  An institutional endorsement letter (I will take care of this part)

Your completed application will need to be uploaded to the Marshall website by 11:59pm on September 15, 2017. After you have uploaded your finalized application, I will need to add F&M’s letter of institutional support and then complete the submission process by October 2. The Marshall website due date of October 2 is for the fellowship advisors, NOT for the applicants.


Please contact Professor Cable with any additional questions.