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Marshall Scholarship

Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee

Internal Deadline: September 2nd, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Liaison: Ken Brashier

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From the Marshall Scholarship website: "Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a 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."

Marshall Scholarships are available as one-year or two-year programs. Applicants to the two-year program may elect to pursue a single two-year program or two separate one-year degrees. The Commission may extend a two-year program for a third year in some cases at their own discretion.

The award covers university fees, cost of living expenses, an annual book grant, a 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.


Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2021, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2018. Anyone holding a British degree is not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Selection Criteria

In reviewing applications, the selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and, as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential.

Application Procedure

You must first be nominated by the Reed Fellowships & Awards faculty committee to apply for a Marshall Scholarship. Interested students should review the internal application instructions. Contact CLBR Fellowships with any questions.

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