Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honour of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the Marshall Scholarships commemorate the Marshall Plan and express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts for economic assistance following World War II.
Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and are overseen by the Marshall 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.
By providing these scholarships, the Marshall Commission intends to develop future U.S. leaders with a lasting understanding of British society, who will strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Through their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes, Scholars will enhance their intellectual and personal growth, contributing to their ultimate success.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a one (12 months) or two year degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year. The Two Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (i.e. 22 months), but an extension may be granted by the Commission on a limited basis for strong academic reasons, subject to the availability of funds. Funding includes university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, and fares to and from the United States and. Any subject of study is welcomed, but Marshall Scholarships cannot be used toward pursuit of professional degrees and some other restrictions.
Applicants must be/have:
- Seniors who will have obtained a bachelor’s degree before the time of the grant, or alumnae, up to two years from their date of graduation from college
- U.S. citizens (those in the process of applying for citizenship are not eligible)
- Academic merit evidenced by a GPA of 3.7 with a rigorous course selection; awards, research
- Demonstrated leadership and ambassadorial potential (see Criteria section of Marshall website)
- Nomination by the College (although unlimited, nominations are at the discretion of the Committee)
All applicants (seniors and alumnae) must apply through a campus process, facilitated by Fellowships Advisor (FA) Christine Overstreet and Administrative Assistant Marianne Taylor and be endorsed by the College (represented by the Committee on Fellowships, chaired by the Dean of Studies. The campus process includes attendance at information sessions for UK Fellowships and Graduate Study (for abroad candidates – a Skype appointment); individual guidance on programme selection; feedback on essay drafts and other material; an interview with the campus Committee on Fellowships; and final submission by the FA of each student’s application materials plus an accompanying College endorsement letter. Note that deadlines for submission of materials for the campus process are much earlier than the Marshall Scholarship application deadline.
- A completed online application form where candidate enters biographical data; educational background; proposed programme(s) of study; employment and practical experience; names of recommenders; personal information (non-academic activities); a brief statement of future career aims; language/travel experience; and awards.
- A Personal Statement (1,000 words or less) describing candidate’s academic interests and other pursuits
- A Proposed Academic Programme (500 words or less) giving reasons for candidate’s choice of course and preferred university.
- An Ambassadorial Potential Essay (500 words or less) in which candidate what the USA-UK “special relationship” means and how she might strengthen ties between them through her field and other activities.
- A Post-Scholarship Plan & Future Career Aims Essays (500 words or less) for one-year programme only
- Four recommendations – at least two must be from faculty. At least three must be from the United States. Recommendations are ranked in order of preference. The first “Preferred Recommender” must have supervised your education (the faculty member with whom you have worked most closely/thesis advisor/academic advisor).
- Official Transcripts – from all undergraduate study sources, including abroad; have these sent directly to FA who will send them via U.S.P.S. to Marshall Regional Committee.
Note: The online application form will become available in late spring. Through this form, the applicant will enter the names of her recommenders and an email request will be sent to them to upload letters.
Please note that for all deadlines, submission time is 12:00 noon
|Timeframe||Task(s) to Complete|
|During Spring semester||Attend UK Fellowships info session/abroad students watch tutorial/Skype|
|By May 5||Meet with FA to discuss intention to apply; bring resume to appointment|
|Solicit recommenders in person or via email - inform FA of names|
|Beginning June 1||Order transcripts from all college study (including MHC) sent directly to FA|
|On or before July 1||Discuss program choices with FA via Skype or phone|
|Complete online application form (but do not upload essays there yet)|
|Send copy of application to fellowships advisor via email or submit in system and notify her via email (which will allow her to see it)|
Send first drafts of essays as word docs via email to FA for feedback:
|On or before August 1||Send 2nd drafts of essays to FA for feedback (will respond w/in one week)|
|By August 30||Recommenders send letters via email to FA|
|Import essays into Marshall online application|
|September 9-13||Interview with campus Committee on Fellowships (20 minutes); begin revisions|
|By September 23||Submit revised application & essays in Marshall system-goes to FA|
|Recommenders cut and paste letters into Marshall system|
|By October 1||Fellowships Advisor submits online applications with endorsement letter; mails transcripts to Marshall regional committees|
|Mid November||Marshall invites/declines applicant to interview|
|Late November||Awards announced|