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How to apply

Applying for a Marshall Scholarship

Applications for the 2025 Marshall Scholarship are now open. Please find more information below about the application process, the rules associated with applying for a Scholarship, what our selection committee looks for in a successful candidate and course selection.



Before you Apply

  • Read the Rules for Candidates carefully. Consider the objectives of the Marshall Scholarship Programme (see opening paragraph of the Rules for Candidates)

  • Review the evaluation criteria. The Selection Committees are seeking candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding.

  • Review the information on the Marshall Partnership Scholarships.

Degrees not funded under the Marshall Scholarship:

  • Second BA/BSc (undergraduate) Degrees
  • MBA (any university)
  • MSc/MFE Financial Economics (any university)
  • PG Diplomas/Certificates in any subject (any university)
  • Degree courses leading to professional qualifications in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law (these degrees typically take 5 years to complete)
  • Degree courses that require extended periods away from the University or the UK, including joint degrees with Universities not in the UK
  • Distance Learning degree courses, including courses with large VLE or online components
  • Masters degree courses exceeding 12 or 24 months, including 15 or 28 month Masters degree courses
  • Supervised research not leading to a degree qualification
  • Degree courses that start in January
  • Part-time degree courses

How to submit an application for the Marshall Scholarship

Candidates are responsible for completing the online application form and submitting it through the system to their undergraduate institution. The institution will then ensure that the application is complete and make a decision whether they wish to endorse the application or not. If the Institution elects to endorse the application, they will add a letter of endorsement on behalf of the candidate and will then submit it through the system to the appropriate regional committee. Candidates are advised to contact their undergraduate institution as soon as possible if they are considering applying for a Marshall Scholarship.

The deadlines for the 2025 Marshall Competition are: 24 September 2024 for applicants and recommenders at 5:00pm in the time zone your university is located and 26 September 2024 for endorsement and submission by US Institution at 5:00pm in the time zone your university is located.

Your Completed Application

Candidates may apply in one region only - either that in which they have their permanent home address or ordinary place of residence/employment, or that in which they are studying. Any candidate applying in more than one region will automatically be disqualified.

Candidates may apply for either the one year or two year Scholarship not both. Any candidate found applying for both will automatically be disqualified.

Candidates must submit their application on the online form provided. Applications must be endorsed by the President, Provost, or Academic Dean of the applicant's US undergraduate institution. The online application must be submitted and authorised by a designated member of staff at the applicant's educational institution. Please note permission must be sought to be endorsed by your graduate institution.

No endorsing institution may submit more than 24 applications overall. There is no cap on the number of applications that can be sent to an individual Region.

NB Your institution may have earlier deadlines for submission of your application. Please ask your institutional advisor for guidance on internal deadlines.

All applicants must complete and submit their applications, including letters of recommendation, no later than 5:00pm in the time zone where your endorsing institution is located on 24 September 2024. The application will then be processed by your endorsing institution for submission. No changes will be able to be made to the application after this date.

Final submission of the application including the three letters of recommendation and letter of endorsement must be submitted online by the endorsing institution and received at the regional centre no later than 5:00pm in the time zone where your endorsing institution is located on 26 September 2024.

You will be able to track and monitor your application's progress online.

What Happens Next

Applications will be received and reviewed at eight regional centres in the United States. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview in November. Dates and guidance for the interviews can be found here. The final selection will be announced shortly after interview. Successful applicants will be offered a scholarship in writing, and will be asked to accept or decline this offer, also in writing, within 10-12 days of receiving it (Nb this timeframe may be shorter where the interviews occur late in the interview week). In keeping with other UK government-funded programs the Marshall Commission asks Scholars to give a definitive and final response in this way, so that the Commission can at the earliest opportunity arrange the best and most appropriate graduate program and living accommodation for each Scholar's needs.

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