Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships

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Grant amount: Approximately £38,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 30, 2020

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

Location of citizenship: United States

Minimum GPA: 3.7

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  • Process:
    • Candidates fill out the form and submit it through the system to their undergraduate institution, the institution ensures that the application is complete and decides whether or not to endorse it.
    • If the Institution decides to endorse the application they will add the letter of endorsement and will then submit it through the system to the appropriate regional committee.
    • Candidates should contact the appropriate contact at their institution if they are considering applying for a Marshall Scholarship.
  • NB Your institution may have earlier deadlines for submission of your application. Whether this is the case or not you must submit your application in a timely manner in order for your institution to be able to authorise it for submission by 5 pm local time on the deadline above. 

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate 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 programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.

The objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • 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 centres of academic excellence. 
  • To motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding. 
  • To promote the personal and academic fulfilment of each Scholar.

Value: 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.

Tenure: The Two Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (ie 22 months), but may be extended by the Commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year. Third-year extensions are granted by the Commission on a limited basis, for strong academic reasons, subject to the availability of funds. In addition, thanks to the generous support of the following Universities:

Up to three third-year extensions may be granted by the University of Oxford to those pursuing a doctorate at Oxford.

The One Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for one academic year (ie 12 months) and cannot be extended.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible for a 2021 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 ie September 2021) 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).
      • We do not accept rounded GPA's.
    • 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 UK.
  • Candidates do not need to have applied for or be accepted at a British university before they apply for a Marshall Scholarship.
  • See complete rules for One Year Marshall Scholarship & Two Year Marshall Scholarship


  • Preference will be given to candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society.


  • NB: Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship.
  • Degrees not funded under the Marshall Scholarship:
    • Second BA/BSc (undergraduate) Degrees
    • MBA (any university)
    • MPhil Development Studies (University of Oxford)
    • MSc/MFE Financial Economics (any university)
    • MSc Global Health Science and Epidemiology (University of Oxford)
    • MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine (University of Oxford)
    • MSc Law and Finance (University of Oxford)
    • MPP (Public Policy) (University of Oxford)
    • Degrees leading to professional qualifications in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law (these degrees typically take 5 years to complete)
    • Degrees that require extended periods away from the University or the UK, including joint degrees with Universities not in the UK
    • PGDip/Certificates in any subject
    • Distance Learning Degrees
    • 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, ie 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.