Marshall Scholarship

Application year: 

Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate


The purpose of the Marshall Scholarship is to 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. The Marshall Scholarships serve as a way to 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 scholarships have five main purposes: (1) to enable intellectually distinguished Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the U.K.; (2) to help scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain; (3) to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, and humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain’s center of academic excellence; (4) to motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from the U.S. to the U.K. and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding; and (5) to promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar.

Watch a video on the Marshall Scholarship with Mary Denyer - Assistant Secretary & Head of Scholarship Administration, recorded by colleagues from the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies.

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Signature of program: 

2 years of graduate study at any British University


Academic distinction in field of pursuit. US Citizenship. 
GPA should be in top quarter of class to be eligible to apply.


Dual citizens must be normally resident in the US and have lived in the US before they started their undergraduate degree.

Amount of award: 

University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.



Endorsement Required: 




The Marshall Scholarship requires and institutional endorsement.  To receive this, you must meet the August 3rd deadline.  

Campus deadline: 

August 3, 2020

Deadlines begin in the spring prior to the August date listed. Please see the Process PDF below for complete details on when and how to apply.

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