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Marshall Scholarship

Campus Deadline for 2018 Application Cycle: August 21, 2017 at noon. 

This national fellowship, open to students from all disciplines, provides funding for a graduate degree at any university in the United Kingdom. The Marshall Scholarship covers the cost of tuition and living expenses and includes grants for books, research, travel, and the thesis.

You must be endorsed by Texas A&M in order to apply for the Marshall Scholarship. If you would like to be considered for endorsement, you must submit the following materials to natlfellows@tamu.edu by noon CT on August 21, 2017:
  1. Personal Statement Max. 1,000 words. “This should be a short statement in which candidates should describe their intellectual development and other interests and pursuits.” [All prompts drawn from the most recent Marshall Scholarship application.]
  2. Proposed Academic Programme Essay Max. 500 words. “Candidates should describe below their proposed academic programme, giving reasons for their choice of course and preferred university. Those hoping to read for a research degree should give an outline proposal of the research they wish to undertake.”
  3. Ambassadorial Potential Essay Max. 500 words. “Candidates should describe what ‘the USA-UK special relationship’ means. They should also describe how they might strengthen ties between the USA and the UK in their field of study and through their extra-curricular activities, whilst in the UK and upon their return to the US.”
  4. Post Scholarship Plan Max. 500 words. “Candidates should describe their immediate plans upon completion of their Marshall Scholarship and why two years spent undertaking a degree in the UK would enhance these plans. As well as describing plans for employment or further study, candidates should indicate how they would develop ongoing connections with the UK, through their UK institution or some other contacts they propose to make while in the UK.”
  5. Leadership Essay Max. 500 words. “Candidates should describe a situation in which they recognized and responded to a need for leadership.”
  6. Curriculum Vitae or Resume Max. 2 pages. As applicable, include paid and unpaid employment, publications, academic achievements, leadership, extracurricular/non-academic activities, awards/honors/scholarships, research, and language proficiencies.
  7. Texas A&M Transcript You may use the unofficial PDF available for download on Howdy.  
  8. 4-6 Letters of Recommendation You must obtain a minimum of 4 letters. As explained by the Marshall Scholarship, the guidelines for choosing recommenders are: "You should state the names of four persons who can supplement the required Letter of Endorsement [provided by Texas A&M] by providing further details as to your qualifications. The first of these should be designated the Preferred Recommender and this recommender should have supervised your college or university training. At least two recommendations must be provided by academics. At least three of these recommenders should be in the United States." In this context, “supervised your training” can refer to a research advisor or faculty mentor with whom you have worked closely for an extended period of time. Choose recommenders who can speak to your Academic Merit, Leadership, and Ambassadorial Potential, as these are the criteria the Marshall Scholarship uses to evaluate candidates. Your letters should be submitted directly by your recommenders, not by you. Please instruct your recommenders to submit your letters to natlfellows@tamu.edu by the same deadline, August 21, 2017 at noon. 

Students can apply for:

Two Year Marshall Scholarship: The Marshall Scholar pursues a degree requiring two academic years (22 months). This scholarship may be renewed for a third academic year. The two-year scholarship can also be used for two degrees (possibly at different universities), each lasting one year.

One Year Marshall Scholarship: Students should only apply for the one-year scholarship if they have a compelling reason that a one year program is better suited to their needs than a two year program. The one year program MUST last 12 months, and funding cannot be renewed after that year.

Candidates can apply for only one of the two options. Certain degrees are not eligible for Marshall funding; a list of them can be found here: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/apply


Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.7. Applicants may not already hold or be studying for a British degree. Applicants must receive their undergraduate degree prior to beginning the fellowship period. Please view further eligibility requirements here: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/eligible

You are a good fit for the Marshall Scholarship if you:
  • Have an excellent academic record and extensive, meaningful leadership and extracurricular involvement
  • Can articulate strong reasons why study in the UK is essential to your academic or career path
  • Can invest significant time in investigating degree programs and universities in the UK
  • Demonstrate capability and interest in serving as an international ambassador

As part of the online application, students must submit:
  • 5 Essays: Personal Statement, Course of Study, Leadership, Ambassadorial Potential, Post-Program Plans
  • 4 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
More details about the application can be found here: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/apply

  • Nomination deadline: All application materials must be submitted for internal review by Texas A&M’s selection committee by August 21, 2017 at noon.
  • ​Final application deadline: October 2, 2017 at 5:00pm


Campus Contact
Benjamin Simington, National Fellowships coordinator: natlfellows@tamu.edu  

Additional Information
  • A maximum of 40 Marshall Scholars are selected each year. Of these 40, only 8 will be chosen for one year Marshall Scholarships.
  • Applicants do not need to apply for admission at British universities in order to apply for the Marshall Scholarship.
  • Candidates indicate their top two preferred British universities and degrees on the application.