Marshall Scholarship


Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Purpose: 
Named in honor of US Secretary of State George Marshall, Marshall Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. The goals of the Marshall Scholarship Program include: (1) helping Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain; (2) contributing to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain's centers of academic excellence; and (3) motivating Scholars to act as ambassadors from the US to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives, thereby strengthening British-American understanding.
Program Description: 
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 the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study (see exceptions below under "Supported Fields"). _________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Scholarship supports two years of study to complete a master's (possibly a third to pursue a doctorate) in any discipline at any university in the UK. There are also a limited number of one year Marshall Scholarships.
Supported Fields: 
THE FOLLOWING DEGREES ARE NOT FUNDED under the Marshall Scholarship: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ (1) Second BA/BSc (undergraduate) Degrees; (2) MBA (any university); (3) MPhil Development Studies (University of Oxford); (4) MSc/MFE Financial Economics (any university); (5) MSc Global Health Science and Epidemiology (University of Oxford); (6) MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine (University of Oxford); (7) MSc Law and Finance (University of Oxford); (8) MPP (Public Policy) (University of Oxford); (9) Degrees leading to professional qualifications in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law (these degrees typically take 5 years to complete); (10) Degrees that require extended periods away from the University or the UK, including joint degrees with Universities not in the UK; (11) PGDip/Certificates in any subject; (12) Supervised research not leading to a degree qualification. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ One year Marshall Scholarship candidates must be registered for degrees that are 12 months in duration. Courses that run for 10 months or less (i.e., where the course ends before August) will not be funded on the one-year Scholarship. Please check the university websites carefully for the duration of the degree in months. There are no exceptions to this regulation.
Tenable Institutions: 
Candidates are encouraged to apply to consider studying at one of the UK partner universities. The following institutions fund Marshall Scholarships in full or in part. Applicants interested in any of these Scholarships should mention this in their applications: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ (1) National Institutes of Health; and (2) University of Birmingham; (3) University of Bristol; (4) Cardiff University; (5) University of Dundee (College of Life Sciences); (6) Durham University; (7) University of East Anglia; (8) University of Edinburgh; (9) University of Exeter; (10) Exeter College, Oxford; ; (11) University of Glasgow; (12). Goldsmiths, University of London; (13) Gonville and Caius, Cambridge; (14) Guildhall School of Music and Drama; (15). Imperial College London; (16). Keele University; (17) University of Kent; (18) King's College, Cambridge; (19) King's College London; (20) University of Leeds; (21) University of Liverpool; (22) London School of Economics and Political Science; (23) London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; (24) Magdalene College, Cambridge; (25) University of Manchester; (26) New College, Oxford; (27) Newcastle University; (28) University of Nottingham; (29) Nuffield College, Oxford; (30) Oriel College, Oxford; (31) Pembroke College, Cambridge; (32) Peterhouse, Cambridge; (33) Queen Mary University of London; (34) Queen's University Belfast; (35) University of Reading; (36) Royal Academy of Music; (37) Royal Holloway; (38) Royal Northern College of Music (PhD only); (39) University of St Andrews; (40) University of Sheffield; (41) Somerville College, Oxford; (42) University of Southampton; (43) St John's College, Cambridge; (44) University of Surrey; (45) University of Sussex; (46) Trinity College, Oxford; (47) University College London; (48) University of Warwick; (49) University of York. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Commission also has a third year partnership Scholarship with the University of Oxford.
Program Benefits: 
The Scholarship provides university fees, cost of living expenses, an annual book grant, a thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the U.S. and, when applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.
Application Process: 
Applicants must apply for nomination to the Marshall through the University. Applications are made in one of 8 regions in the U.S. Candidates may apply in one region only – either the region in which they have their permanent home address or in which they are studying.
Applicant Profile: 
Marshall scholars are intellectually distinguished, America's "potential leaders, opinion formers, and decision makers," "who will contribute to advancement of knowledge in science, technology, humanities, social sciences, and creative arts at Britain's centers of academic excellence." __________________________________________________________________________________________________ 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.
Senior, or alumnus or graduate student within two years of receiving a bachelor's degree. The applicant's undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.7. Applicant must not have studied for or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University, nor have taken GCSE or A Levels at a UK school. There are no age restrictions for this program and married persons may apply.
Selection Criteria: 
Successful applicants will present a cogent argument as to why their studies and proposed career would be best served by spending 2 years at a British university, or 1 year if they are applying for the one year Marshall Scholarship. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ In appointing Marshall Scholars, the Commission looks for distinction of intellect and character as evidenced by the applicant's scholastic attainments (a minimum 3.7 GPA is required) and by their other activities and achievements. It also looks for adequate preparation for the proposed course of study, particularly in upper-level course work and real strength in the major field.
U.S. citizens only.
Program Deadline: 
The national deadline, circa October 1 annually, does not directly apply to students, who must apply for nomination through the University by the campus deadline.
University Deadline: 
Completed applications must be submitted online and to SF State's fellowship advisor, Grad Stop Reception, ADM 250, by Noon on August 1 annually.
How To Apply: 
This program requires institutional nomination. Students may not apply directly to the foundation or program. Instead, applicants must apply through the University by the campus deadline. Please note that University nomination is not guaranteed. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Applicants are encouraged to work with the fellowship advisor well in advance of the internal deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.