Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance up to 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.

Award: The Two Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years, but may be extended a year by the Commission. The One Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for one academic year (12 months) and cannot be extended. The award covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, 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.

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. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.

Applicants must be endorsed by the Office of Distinguished Scholarships in order to apply for the Marshall Scholarship. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the ODS director to learn more about the application process.

Application deadlines

ODS internal deadline for endorsement: Monday, August 3, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Scholarship final deadline: Submit all your materials by Friday, September 25th at 5.00 pm. We strongly recommend that you aim to submit your final application by September 23rd to account for any unexpected technical issues etc. Please note that ALL your materials must be submitted by September 25th, including your letters of recommendation. ODS will upload your letter of endorsement once you have hit ‘Submit’ on your online application.


To be eligible for a 2020 Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship)
  • hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States by the time they take up their scholarship in September 2020
  • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application)
  • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2017
  • 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

How to apply for UNC endorsement

Applicants applying for endorsement must submit the following materials to ODS:

  • Personal information form
  • Completed PDF of the Marshall application, including
    • Personal statement (750 words max)
    • Short essays
    • List of activities
  • All relevant transcripts
  • Photograph
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Resources for applicants

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.


Recent Marshall Scholarship Recipients: Olivia Holder ’19, Maggie Hilderbran ’18, James Williams ’16