The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Marshall Scholarship Internal Application Instructions

You will want to spend some time looking through online postgraduate course directories to start identifying which institutions/programs you might want to apply for with the Marshall. You can choose from just about any institution in the UK and then indicate a one year or two year program and, if two year, then one two year program or two different one year opportunities. Note that if you apply for a one year scholarship, you'll be asked in the application to explain why you're unable to apply for a two-year scholarship.

You do not need to apply to or be accepted at a British University prior to applying to the scholarship. However, do note the deadline for any programs to which you would wish to apply. If you are selected as a Marshall Scholar, you would then need to apply to your chosen program/s directly. If the deadline for a program comes before Marshall award announcements, it's possible you would need to apply to that program prior to learning about the result of your Marshall application.

We also encourage you to review Professor Emeritus Ken Brashier's website on applying for UK fellowships. He is an alumnus of both Oxford and Cambridge and was our UK programs expert when he served on the Fellowships and Awards committee.


Internal Application Deadline

August 30th, 2023 at 12:00 PM noon, Pacific Time

Application Steps

Start the application process by setting up an account on the Marshall website. Full instructions will be found on the Marshall site once you begin your application. Fill out all sections of the application and submit it before the internal application deadline for institutional review. Make certain that you've included a copy of your Reed transcript in your application.

Please note that the Marshall Scholarship requires a minimum 3.7 GPA (without rounding).

Internal Letters of Recommendation

For the initial review, you will need two internal letters of recommendation sent by email to by the internal application deadline. Give your recommenders several weeks notice and read our guidance on requesting letters of recommendation.

Note that in order to submit your application for the internal deadline you'll be required to enter the information for all three of your recommenders in the app. The Marshall app will then send your recommenders an email with instructions for submitting the final letters. Make certain to tell your recommenders to ignore those instructions for now. We only need the two internal letters for the internal deadline. If you have not found a third recommender yet, enter placeholder information there; you'll be able to edit it if you are selected by our committee.

If you are nominated, you will need one additional recommender for the external application. Please review this information about the three recommendations from the Marshall website (more detailed instructions are found in the application on their site):

"You should state the names of three persons who can supplement the required Letter of Endorsement by providing further details as to your qualifications․ The first of these should be designated the Preferred Recommender and this recommender should have supervised your college or university training․ The general recommendation must be provided by an academic․ One of the recommendations should primarily address your leadership and ambassadorial potential, and this need not be provided by an academic․ At least two of these recommenders should be in the United States. When registering recommenders, please make sure that you register your preferred recommender first, and the recommendation about leadership as your last recommendation․"


You will need to complete this online waiver form as the final step in submitting your internal application.

Waiver Form

Applicants submitting application materials electronically by email will generally receive a confirmation within twenty-four hours. If you do not receive a confirmation during this time, please follow up with the Center for Life Beyond Reed at to ensure that the application was successfully submitted.

Next Steps

You should hear back within a week whether or not you've been selected for an endorsement by the committee and Reed College.

If you are endorsed, your application will be unsubmitted in the online system so that you may edit it. A member of the fellowships & awards committee will need to meet with you to get context for the endorsement letter that will be included with your application. You'll need to add your recommenders to your online application and reach out to them to let them know you've been endorsed by Reed. If you are selected as a finalist by the Marshall Commission, you'll need to participate in an interview in the region of your application.

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