Marshall Scholarship

INFORMATION MEETING:
       Tuesday, May 3rd, 12:00 - 1:00 PM in Sayles Hill Lounge

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 study in any discipline leading to a degree at a British university. 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, and must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. by the time they 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 Scholarship selection committees seek candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding.

The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:

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 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. 

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

  • Over the summer, candidates prepare their materials using the Marshall on-line submission system and also answer regular questions (sent by email) designed to assess their viability as a candidate.
  • By August 1, 2016, at 12 noon, candidates submit a preliminary application to Marshall on-line submission system for the use of the Office of Student Fellowships.  A screening committee will review the preliminary applications and identify which candidates remain in the competition for Carleton’s endorsement.
  • Continuing candidates will be screened by interview in September to determine which of them will receive Carleton’s endorsement.
  • Each candidate who receives such endorsement then works with Marynel to file an application through one of the regional Marshall offices.
  • Regional Selection Committees call selected candidates to interviews in mid-to late November, and winners 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:  Finalized names and contact information of recommenders must be submitted along with the drafted application by August 1st.  Applicants who are selected to move forward should request letters immediately after they are notified of their status and enter the names and contact information for their recommenders into the Marshall online application system.  Drafted recommendations should be uploaded by September 5, 2016, at 12 noon.
  • Requests for revision of letters and instructions for uploading final versions for students endorsed by Carleton will follow later in September.

Internal Application Deadline: August 1, 2016, by 12 noon.

   Submission is made through the Marshall on-line application system.

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

Official Website: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/