Marshall Scholarships provide up to 40 Americans the opportunity to study in any field of study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Applicant assessments are based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.
The Marshall Scholarships honor the ideals of the Marshall Plan and are named after US Secretary of State George C. Marshall. Applicants who “have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders, and contributors to improved UK-US understanding” are highly desired by Marshall Scholarships selectors.
Applicants interested in applying for the Marshall Scholarship are strongly encouraged to attend an information session and meet with the director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS) to learn more about the application process.
You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply in 2017-18 for the Marshall Scholarship:
- Be a U.S. citizen by the Marshall Commission’s final application deadline in 2017
- Hold your first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. by September of next year (2018)
- Possess the required minimum GPA of 3.700 or higher
- Have graduated no more than three years prior to April of next year (2018)
- Have not studied for, and do not hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British university.
- Receive UNC’s endorsement through ODS.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)
Tips & Advice
Applicants interested in applying for the Marshall Scholarships should:
- Review the ODS “Tips & Advice” document for general advice on applying for a distinguished award.
- Thoroughly investigate the rules for one- and two-year candidates, the evaluation criteria from the Marshall Scholarships, degree programs at participating institutions, information about Marshall Partnership Scholarships, and the scholarship-specific FAQs.
- Attend the ODS Prep-Shop (do not bring portions or drafts of statements).
- Meet with the ODS director to discuss your application and submit a resume, CV, or list of principal activities, preferably before the end of the spring semester. Applicants will receive advice to consider over the summer as they prepare for the endorsement deadline.
- Submit a preliminary draft personal statement to the ODS director, preferably before the end of the spring semester. Applicants will receive feedback to consider over the summer as they prepare for the endorsement deadline. Note: You may receive feedback on your Marshall personal statement and essays, but you may not incorporate the revised prose from the statement or essay content into a Rhodes or Mitchell Scholarships personal statement.[/tag]
Applicants may apply for multiple scholarship awards simultaneously, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships. However, pay careful attention to differences in guidelines for personal statements. Please note that it is not necessary to provide duplicate copies of transcripts and photographs during the endorsement stage.
Recent Marshall Scholarship Recipient
James Williams ’16 (2016-17)