Marshall Scholarship

Purpose: The Marshall Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for study in the U.K. to up to 40 intellectually distinguished young Americans. The Program was created to honor the ideals of the Marshall Plan, which aided the recovery of Europe after World War II.

Funding: The Scholarship supports up to two years of graduate or undergraduate study in any discipline leading to a degree at a British university. (In many areas British curricula differ substantially from those in the U.S., and a second Bachelor’s degree is often appropriate.) The award covers tuition and fees, airfare, living expenses, and related expenses such as books.

Eligibility: Candidates must be U.S. citizens when they apply, must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. by the time they take begin their program in Britain. This is one of the few awards with a stated minimum GPA: 3.7 (11.1) or higher in studies after the first year of college.

Selection Criteria:

  • The Marshall Commission seeks candidates of keen intellect and broad outlook. Selection committees look for distinction of intellect as evidenced both by scholastic attainments and by other achievements.
  • Preference is given to candidates who combine high academic ability with a capacity to play an active part in the life of the U.K. university to which they go, and to those who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society.
  • Evaluators also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, including the presentation of a specific and realistic academic program.

Application Process: On-campus deadlines are before fall term begins, therefore prospective applicants must complete and submit the Marshall Scholarship Intent to Apply form by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 5, 2015. 

Applicants will be contacted shortly thereafter with further information about the process.

  • Candidates submit a preliminary application to the Carleton College Selection Committee, which conducts screening interviews in early fall to determine which candidates receive official endorsement from Carleton College.
  • Each candidate who receives such endorsement then files an application to one of six regional Marshall centers.
  • In addition to transcripts and letters of recommendation, the application requires two essays.
  • Regional Selection Committees call selected candidates to interviews in mid-to late November.
  • Winners, who are chosen in both regional categories and at large, are announced in early December.
  • Final award of the Scholarship is contingent upon admittance to a British university. Consult the University’s web site and printed materials available in the Office of Student Fellowships (for undergraduate study) and the Career Center (for graduate programs).
  • Potential applicants are encouraged to look into the other British Isles fellowships with similar deadlines and requirements, and to discuss the potential for multiple applications with the Director of Student Fellowships
  • Recommendation letters:  Recommendation letters: Applicants should supply the names of their recommenders (with contact information) with the material submitted on August 3. The deadline for submission of the letters is September 5. Instructions for uploading recommendations for students endorsed by Carleton will follow in late September.

Internal Application Deadline: August 3, 2015

Email application materials to, with "Marshall" in the subject line.

Questions?  Contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships at x4300, Laird 131/mryanvanzee.

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