Marshall Scholarship

Attend Graduate School in the U.K. in a System of Higher Education Recognized for its Excellence!

DEADLINES

Online application availability

Early spring: Check www.marshallscholarship.org for details

Campus Deadline

Early September; candidates may not apply directly

National Deadline

Early October

ELIGIBILITY

Applicant education level

Undergraduate

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?

Yes

Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?

Yes

Age limit

No

Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?

No

Are students required to demonstrate financial need?

No

Minimum G.P.A.

3.7; academic excellence is a must

Average G.P.A. of recipients

3.7-4.0

Applicants must have graduated within 2 years prior to the date of application submission

Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or a degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply

To review all requirements, please see the Rules for Candidates at www.marshallscholarship.org

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

UAA Institutional Endorsement

An institutional endorsement is required to apply for a Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship Campus Interview Committee will evaluate the overall merits of the candidate and the application material submitted and will make a decision of endorsement or non-endorsement at the end of the campus interview

Candidates may not submit application directly

See more details below under Application Procedure

Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Marshall Scholarship Advisor, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035 to discuss intent to apply

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence

Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth office and commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan conceived by General George C. Marshall. They express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts

The objectives of the Marshall Scholarships are:

  • To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the U.K.
  • To help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain
  • To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities & social sciences, and the creative arts at Britain’s centers of academic excellence
  • To motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from the U.S.A. to the U.K. and vice-versa throughout their lives, thus strengthening British-American understanding
  • To promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar

AWARD BENEFITS

The total value of a Marshall Scholarship varies according to the circumstances—place of residence, selected university, etc.—of each Scholar. In any case, the monetary figure tends, on average, to be about $47,000 U.S.D. a year.

The award consists of:

  • A personal allowance to cover residence and cost of living expenses
  • Payment of tuition fees
  • Fares to and from the United States

Claimable allowances include:

  • An arrival allowance
  • A grant for books
  • A grant for approved travel in connection with studies
  • Payment of necessary daily expenses for travel between place of residence and place of study
  • A grant for the cost of preparation for any thesis submitted for examination
  • Shipping of property to and from the United States

Stipend/Benefits

About $47,000 per year

Can the award be deferred?

No

Can the award be renewed?

No

Specific notes and/or exceptions

For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit: www.marshallscholarship.org

CANDIDATE PROFILE

In appointing Scholars, the Selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as Scholars, leaders, and contributors to improved U.K.-U.S. understanding

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

  • Academic Merit: quality of program of study, knowledge of proposed courses and supervisors, evidence of academic background that is strong and relevant, and quality and breadth of recommendations
  • Leadership Potential: ability to deliver results, strength of purpose, creativity, and self-awareness
  • Ambassadorial Potential: knowledge of US-UK relations, evidence of transferable extracurricular activities, interpersonal skills and ability to engage with others, and self-confidence and ability to seize opportunities

For more details on appointment criteria, please visit www.marshallscholarship.org

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applicants should be familiar with the educational system of the United Kingdom and be able to demonstrate a sustained interest in US-UK relations

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Notify Marshall Scholarship Advisor, Dr. Francisco Miranda, of intent to apply at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035 the semester before you plan to do so
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Marshall Scholarship Advisor to discuss details of internal and external application processes and timelines
  • Research UK universities and establish appropriate program of study based on your academic and professional plans
  • Make contact with faculty at UK universities and find out if they would be willing to become your mentors and support your graduate studies plan
  • Register at www.marshallscholarship.org and start completing the application
  • Select four (4) instructors from whom you have taken upper-division courses in your discipline to write letters of recommendation on your behalf
    • Instructors should be familiar with your undergraduate research experience and be able to comment in great detail on your academic merit, your leadership potential, your ambassadorial potential, and your post-Marshall plans
    • Advice for recommenders is available at www.marshallscholarship.org
  • Start developing your essays on Program of Study, Leadership Potential, Ambassadorial Potential, and Post-Marshall Plans
  • Submit complete application online, including all letters of recommendation, by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Prepare for individual CAMPUS INTERVIEW, which will take place within 1-2 weeks after the campus deadline
  • Institutional Endorsement: the Marshall Scholarship Campus Interview Committee will evaluate the overall merits of the candidate and the application material submitted and will make a decision of endorsement or non-endorsement at the end of the campus interview
  • The decision of the Marshall Scholarship Campus Interview Committee is definitive
  • If the candidate is endorsed, then an institutional endorsement will be formally submitted by the Marshall Scholarship Advisor to the Marshall Commission as part of the application
  • The Marshall Scholarship Advisor will make the final submission of the application
  • The Marshall Scholarship Regional Committee in San Francisco will conduct a preliminary elimination and invite selected applicants  to a personal interview in San Francisco the week before Thanksgiving
  • If an invitation for an interview in San Francisco is not forthcoming, that is the end of the road for your application
  • Selected scholars will be notified in December

For more information on the Marshall Scholarship, visit www.marshallscholarship.org

SELECTION PROCESS

Number of applications received nationwide:

~1000

Number of awards:

32

Is an interview required?

Campus Interview: Yes

National Interview: Yes; costs are paid

Both interviews should be in-person.

When are finalists notified?

Late October-early November

When are selected candidates notified?

In late November-early December

CONTACT INFORMATION

Marshall Scholarship Advisor

Dr. Francisco Miranda

Office

ADM/HUM 276

Phone number

907.786.4035

Email address

fmiranda2@alaska.edu

INFORMATION SESSIONS

To learn more about applying, visit www.marshallscholarship.org

Schedule an advising appointment at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035