Marshall Scholarship


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 award has a stated minimum GPA of 3.7 (11.1) or higher in studies after the first year of college.


12 noon - 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2nd: Information meeting in Leighton 236

(Extended to) 12 noon on Friday, June 30, 2017:  Required Intent to Apply Form due

12 noon on August 7, 2017:  Preliminary application due

12 noon on September 8, 2017:  Revised application and Letters of recommendation due

September 2017:  Interviews and finalization of application materials for Carleton nominees


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.


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.

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 noon on Friday, June 30, 2017

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 12 noon on August 7, 2017, candidates submit a drafted application to Marshall on-line submission system for the use of the Office of Student Fellowships.  A screening committee will review the drafted applications and identify which candidates remain in the competition for Carleton’s endorsement.
  • Continuing candidates will submit a revised version of their application to the Marshall on-line submission system by 12 noon on September 8, 2017.  Candidates will be screened by interview in September to determine which of them will receive Carleton’s endorsement.
  • Each candidate selected for Carleton’s 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. Marshall provides all winners with assistance through the admission process. 
  • Potential applicants are encouraged to look into the other UK and Irish 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 7th.  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 12 noon on September 8, 2017.
  • Requests for revision of letters and instructions for uploading final versions for students endorsed by Carleton will follow later in September.

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:


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

Official Website

Marshall Scholarship

Carleton Recipients

Bailey Ulbricht '15