Marshall Scholarship

Internal Application Deadline: August 30, 2018

Open to: Rising seniors and recent graduates (up to 3 years post-graduation)
Award Type: Academic
Area(s) of study: All fields
Award criteria: academic achievement; leadership; interest in cultural exchange
Award provides: Two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom*
Open to international students: No

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have a 3.7 or higher GPA
  • Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University or GCSE or A level qualifications undertaken in the UK

The Marshall Scholarship supports cultural exchange between the US and the UK. Applicants are evaluated on academic merit, leadership, and their potential to act as ambassadors between the USA to the UK throughout their lives, thus strengthening British American understanding. Successful candidates have exceptional academic records (the average GPA of Marshall Scholars in recent years has been a 3.8), strong preparation for the proposed field of graduate study, and a proven capacity for leadership with a demonstrated ability to achieve results. Students of exceptional talent and intellectual distinction who have already been honored through other awards or recognitions make the strongest applicants. For more information, visit

Application Components:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Proposed Academic Program essay
  • Ambassadorial Potential essay
  • Leadership essay
  • Post Scholarship Plan essay
  • 4 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

For more information and to register your interest in the Marshall Scholarship, complete the NS&FP Postgraduate Programs Interest Form.

You can also make an appointment with a National Scholarships and Fellowships Program advisor. We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application. Applicants may not apply directly, but must secure institutional nomination through our office.

*A very small number of one-year awards are available to students who have an obligation, such as military service, that would necessitate return to the United States after one year.