Marshall Scholarship

About the Marshall Scholarship
Basic Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Campus Endorsement Process
Application Components
Application Timeline
Applicant Resources
Apply for Marshall Scholarship USC Endorsement
USC Recipients
AHF Advising


University Endorsement Required

About the Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. 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 programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

The objectives of the Marshall Scholarships are:

  • To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the UK.
  • To help scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
  • To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain’s centers of academic excellence.
  • To motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from America to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding.
  • To promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar.

Basic Eligibility

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 2022, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2019.

Selection Criteria

Before completing the application candidates are advised to consider the objectives of the Marshall Scholarship Program, review the Candidate Evaluation Criteria and to be aware that the selection committees are seeking candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:

Campus Endorsement Process

Campus endorsement is a competitive process and not guaranteed. Students seeking USC endorsement must submit certain application components by the campus endorsement deadline (biographical info, statements, grade report, and four letters of recommendation).  Candidates will be notified whether they have been invited to a campus endorsement interview.

The campus deadline to apply for Marshall, Mitchell and/or Rhodes Scholarship endorsement for the 2022-2023(4) grant year is June 1, 2021.

Additional Guidelines
Applicants are evaluated by a committee panel of USC faculty. The panel has endorsed students from a wide range of majors, career goals and leadership experiences. While there is no standard portfolio for a successful candidate, the faculty committee looks for demonstration of the Marshall selection criteria in candidates. The Selectors will also look for adequate preparation for the proposed course of study, particularly in the upper-level course work and real strength in the major field. Preference will be given to candidates who combine high academic ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of the United Kingdom university to which they go, and to those who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society.

Application Components

All candidates must receive campus endorsement from the university in order to apply for the Marshall Scholarship. For endorsed candidates, a complete Marshall application includes the following components:

*The content below is subject to change for the June 1, 2021 deadline

  • Biographical Information
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Statements
    • Personal Statement: (1000 words maximum) This should be a statement in which candidates should describe their intellectual development and other interests and pursuits․
    • Proposed Academic Program:  (500 words maximum) Candidates should describe below their proposed academic programme, giving reasons for their choice of course and preferred university․ Those hoping to read for a research degree should give an outline proposal of the research they wish to undertake and with whom they would like to work․ Candidates must also include a brief outline of why they have chosen their second choice courses and institutions․
    • Leadership: (500 words maximum) Candidates should describe a situation in which they were working with a group of people and recognized and responded to a need for leadership The example might emphasize some of the following characteristics: a) it delivered a real and concrete outcome, or evidence of demonstrable progress; b) it showed the candidate’s strong conviction and determination; c) the solution was innovative․ The objective is to help the committee understand the candidate’s leadership conviction and drive, style and potential rather than provide a list of achievements․
    • Ambassadorial Potential:  (500 words maximum) Candidates should explain why they want to undertake their studies in the UK, and in what particular ways do they think that they will benefit personally and professionally from the experience? Candidates should discuss how work in their field of study (including their own research) can enhance the USA-UK relationship․ They should further explain what they might do to contribute to improved relations in this area now and following the scholarship․
    • Post Scholarship Plan: (250 words maximum) Candidates should describe their immediate plans upon completion of their Marshall Scholarship and why two years spent undertaking a degree in the UK would enhance these plans.
  • Letter of Endorsement 
  • Four letters of recommendation: Referees should use the letter of recommendation to comment on the candidate’s general fitness for the course proposed and the suitability of the university chosen as well as considering how they meet the Commission’s criteria of Academic Merit, Leadership and Ambassadorial Potential. Confidential observations on the candidate’s general character as well as academic standing and ability will be of great value to the selection authorities in their task of deciding which candidates should be summoned to the Regional Center for interview.
    • The first of these should be designated the Preferred Recommender and this recommender should have supervised your university training.
    • At least two further recommendations must be provided by academics who have taught you.
    • One of the recommendations should primarily address your leadership and ambassadorial potential, and this need not be provided by an academic.
    • At least three of these recommenders must be in the United States.

Application Timeline

USC Campus Endorsement Application (same for Mitchell and Rhodes Scholarship)

  • June 1, 2021 by 11:59pm: Campus Endorsement application deadline  
  • Mid-June: Campus Endorsement Interview for competitive applicants

Marshall Scholarship National Application 

  • Early June: National Marshall Scholarship Application Opens
  • Late September: National deadline for applicants to submit application
  • October: National deadline for advisors to submit letters of endorsement and four letters of recommendation
  • November: Regional interviews of shortlisted candidates

Applicant Resources

Before you apply, complete an extensive review of the Marshall Scholarship website with special attention to:

Apply for Marshall Scholarship USC Endorsement

Campus Endorsement Application Deadline: June 1, 2021 by 11:59pm

Marshall Campus Endorsement Application Coming Soon

USC Recipients

AHF Advising

Advisement Period: April-May

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