The Marshall Scholarships fund one or two to three years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom.
Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honour of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.
The Marshall Scholarship is among the most prestigious and, therefore, competitive fellowships in the world. The average selection rate is between 3% and 4%.
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.
The scholarship includes tuition, fees, travel expenses, and a stipend. The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission also organizes regular outings and events for Marshall Scholars.
- be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
- (by the time they take up their scholarship)
- 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
- have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university within the past two years
- not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.
Marshall Scholars must remain in residence for the duration of their award period.
The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:
- Academic Merit
- Leadership Potential
- Ambassadorial Potential
Further explanation of these criteria are available on the Marshall Scholarship site: https://www.marshallscholarship.org/apply/criteria-and-who-is-eligible.
A detailed description of the nomination process for the Marshall Scholarship is available on our 'Apply Now' page.
Throughout the year, ONSA hosts information sessions on specific fellowship topics. Visit the Info Sessions page for a current calendar. Past events can frequently be viewed on our YouTube page.