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 (2) motivating Scholars to act as ambassadors from the U.S.A. to the U.K. 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 an U.K. institution in any field of study. 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 U.K. There are also a limited number of one year Marshall Scholarships.
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. 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, 2013, 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 to SF State's fellowship advisor, ADM 211, by Noon on September 3, 2013.
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.