One Year Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships

Grant amount: Approximately £30,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 2, 2018 9:00am PDT

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Scholarship, Conference

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

Location of citizenship: United States

Minimum GPA: 3.7

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Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognised for its excellence. The selection committees are seeking candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. 

Scholars are tenable at any British university and for study in any discipline at graduate level, leading to the award of a British university degree. Candidates are invited to indicate two preferred universities, although the Marshall Commission reserves the right to decide on final placement.

Expressions of interest in studying at universities other than Oxford, Cambridge and LSE are particularly welcomed. Candidates are especially encouraged to consider the Marshall Partnership Universities.

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 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. 

The total value of a Marshall Scholarship varies according to the circumstances (place of residence, selected university, etc.) of each Scholar but the figure tends on average to be about £30,000 a year. This comprises:

  • a personal allowance to cover residence and cost of living expenses at the rate of £1,034 per month (£1,268 for Scholars at Central London institutions)
  • payment of tuition fees
  • fares to and from the United States
  • Claimable allowances totalling approximately £3,300:
    • a grant for books
    • a grant for approved travel in connection with studies
    • payment of necessary daily expenses for travel between place of residence and place of study, provided the distance between the two is reasonable
    • a grant for the cost of preparation of any thesis submitted for examination, if required;  shipping of property to and from the United States 

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


  • To be eligible for a 2017 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 2017) 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 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree. (Exceptions are rarely considered and only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college.)
    •  There is no age restriction on the Marshall Scholarships but you must have graduated from your first undergraduate degree after April 2014.
    • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree equivalent qualification from a British University or GCSE or A level qualifications undertaken 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.
  • Applicants who plan to attend Law or Medical School or go on to a PhD in the US should demonstrate that they have already applied, or intend to apply in the next couple of months, for these degrees and would be able to defer entry for one year in order to take up the Marshall Scholarship.
  • One year candidates must be registered for degrees that are 12 months in duration.
    • The one year Marshall Scholarships cannot be extended beyond the 12 month tenure.
  • Candidates may apply in one region only - either that in which they have their permanent home address or ordinary place of residence/employment, or that in which they are studying. See the list of "Regional Centres" here.
  • Scholars are required to enroll at a British university for the full year of their award as full-time students proceeding to a higher degree.
  • Married persons are eligible for Marshall Scholarships.
    • Applicants are required to notify any change in their marital status to the regional centre to which they have applied or, if already selected for an award, to the Executive Secretary of the Commission in London.


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


  • The following courses are not funded on the one year Marshall Scholarship:
    • MBA (any university)
    • MSc/MFE Financial Economics (any university)
    • MSc Global Health Science (University of Oxford only) 
    • MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine (University of Oxford only) 
    • MSc Law and Finance (University of Oxford only) 
    • MPP (Public Policy) (University of Oxford only)
    • PG Diplomas/Certificates in any subject (any university) 
    • Degrees that require extended periods away from the University or the UK, including joint degrees with Universities not in the UK
    • Supervised research not leading to a degree qualification
  • 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.  
  • Any candidate applying in more than one region will automatically be disqualified.
  • Academic study proposals involving lengthy periods away from the university or outside the United Kingdom will not be accepted. 
  • The Commission does not offer an additional allowance for married Scholars but has discretion to pay the fares of the families of married Scholars and to meet the cost of shipping a reasonable amount of unaccompanied baggage across the Atlantic.