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Marshall Scholarship

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Internal Deadline: August 30th, 2023 at 12:00 PM

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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. A third year of funding is available in some cases for those advancing into PhD study. Note that the one-year Marshall Scholarship is aimed at applicants who have strong reasons for wishing to study in the UK but are unable to commit to the two year scholarship. Applicants applying for a one-year scholarship will be asked to provide a short statement explaining why they are unable to apply for a two-year scholarship.

The award covers tuition fees, cost of living expenses, an annual book grant, a thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, and fares to and from the United States.


To be eligible for a 2024 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 i.e. September 2024) 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 at the time of application. They do not accept rounded GPA's.
  • Have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2021.
  • 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.

Selection Criteria

In appointing Scholars the selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders, and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding.

The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:

  • Academic Merit
  • Leadership Potential
  • 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.