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Marshall Scholarships

Overview of Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships Definitions

  • Marshall Scholarships finance up young Americans of high ability each year to study for 1-2 years for a degree in the United Kingdom.
  • Up to forty (40) Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level in any field.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens to apply and have completed their BA with a GPA of 3.7+.

The objectives of the program 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 centers 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 fulfillment of each Scholar.


  • The Two Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (i.e., 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 two third-year extensions may be granted by the London School of Economics and Political Science to those pursuing a doctorate at LSE.
    • Up to three third-year extensions may be granted by the University of Oxford to those pursuing a doctorate at Oxford.
    • Up to two third-year extensions may be granted by the University of St Andrews to those pursuing a doctorate at St Andrews.

The One Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for one academic year and cannot be extended.

Award Benefits

  • University fees
  • Cost-of-living expenses
  • Annual book grant
  • Thesis grant
  • Research and daily travel grants
  • Round-trip transportation to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution to toward the support of a dependent spouse

Where you Can Study

Students can hold Marshall Scholarships at a wide variety of UK universities. They include (but certainly are not limited to):


Applications are made in one of eight regions in the United States: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. 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.

Deadlines: there is a “Campus Deadline” and an “Application Deadline”

  • The Campus Deadline: the date by which a student must have completed a polished version of her application and must have selected and gained the approval of her Referees. She may continue to work on her application until shortly before the Application Deadline.  This deadline is generally 4-6 weeks before the Application Deadline. 
  • The Application Deadline for Marshall Scholarships is in early October of the year preceding the award tenure.

    See the “Timeline” on MMC’s Boren / Fulbright / Marshall / Gilman Awards website for specific information on the Application Timeline.

    Start Your Application:

    • Consult with your Faculty Adviser about your plan.
    • For information on potential study-abroad programs, meet with Cynthia Sittler, Study Abroad Coordinator. Email:; phone: 212-774-0791
    • Read up on the Marshall Scholarships application process and familiarize yourself with the website
    • Download and complete the Pre-Application for Marshall Scholarships from the External Student Scholarships website on the MMC homepage. Forward it, along with all of the supplementary documents, to Prof. Bell.  Please remember to indicate your availability. You will meet regularly with Prof. Bell as you prepare your application.

    For more information, please contact:

    Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History
    Director, College Honors Program
    Director, External Student Scholarships

    MMC, Carson 704; (212) 517-0676;