The British Marshall Scholarships are an expression of Britain's gratitude for economic assistance received through the Marshall plan after World War II. Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years. The 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.


Internal: Early September
External: Early October
Here's the link to view this year's specific deadline dates.


To be eligible for a Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
  • (by the time they take up their scholarship) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree.  (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application);
  • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2018;
  • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University or GCSE or A Levels taken at school in the U.K.


In appointing Marshall 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. Preference will be given to candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, including the presentation of a specific and realistic academic program. The application and the details of the criteria used for scholarship selection can be found at and include the following:

  • Application form;
  • Personal statement of 1000 words or less;
  • A statement on your proposed Academic program, giving reasons for choice of course and preferred university (500 words);
  • An essay addressing Ambassadorial qualities (500 words);
  • An essay detailing a Leadership experience (500 words);
  • Academic transcript(s);
  • List of college activities/honors (prizes, scholarships, offices held, athletic record, extracurricular interests and substantial activities with dates);
  • Four letters of recommendation.


Learn more about the Marshall Scholarship at the above webpage, by visiting the Office of National Fellowships & Scholarships, or by contacting the faculty liaison.