University of Birmingham



This Scholarship is for Graduate Study in any subject at either Masters or Doctoral level at the University of Birmingham and will be for up to two years (with a possibility of a third year for doctoral studies). If awarded a Birmingham Marshall Scholarship candidates would be expected to study at the University of Birmingham.

The following Information has been provided by the University of Birmingham.

The University of Birmingham:

  • is well established as a world-class University
  • is one of the leading research-based universities in the United Kingdom
  • teaches and undertakes research in all the major disciplines
  • attracts students of high ability
  • has academic staff of distinction, many recognised as international leaders in their fields
  • has an annual income of more than £270 million.
  • An emphasis upon research in all schools is one of the distinctive characteristics of the University.


The University was founded in 1900 by the citizens of Birmingham who wanted their own university to train and educate the people who would create and manage the burgeoning businesses and industries of the Midlands.

It was natural, given the nature of Birmingham's industry, that the University should, from the start, teach the major scientific and engineering disciplines. It was also the first UK University to establish a Faculty of Commerce and incorporate a medical school, both of which are still successful schools today. The modern University is equally distinguished in the humanities, education, social sciences and law.


Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)) 2008 results show that:

  • 90% of the University of Birmingham's research has global reach with 16% as world leading (4*) and 41% as internationally excellent (3*)
  • Birmingham ranked 12th in the UK overall (out of 159 institutions)
  • Birmingham is amongst the leading civic institutions in the UK

To support research and scholarship, the University has a library of two million books and three million manuscripts and archival items. A high-speed campus network connects thousands of interworking computers and servers used by staff and students with each other and with the Internet. The University of Birmingham is a founding member of Universitas 21, an elite group of top research universities throughout the world.

International University

The University is one of only twenty-five European institutions to be awarded the distinction of a Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence by the European Commission, in recognition of interdisciplinary expertise in European Affairs.

As a major European institution of higher education, the University attracts students and staff from around the world. Each year there are over 4,000 students from more than 100 countries.

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Winners of the Birmingham Marshall Scholarships


Kent DeBenedictis
US University: United States Military Academy

KentDaBenedictis Kent DeBenedictis of Boca Raton, Florida, is majoring in International Relations and German. He has worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Policy branch and the U.S. Army European Headquarters. Kent also participated in an exchange program at the German Military Academy. The military positions he has held include Regimental Operations Officer, Company Commander, and Air Assault School Class Commander. A future Infantry officer, Kent plans to earn an MA in European Studies from the University of Birmingham to study the future of NATO and an MA in War Studies from King's College, London to study conflict and cooperation from a non-American, non-military perspective.

Rebekah Hurt
US University: Southern Methodist University


 Rebekah Hurt graduates in 2006 as a President's Scholar from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, having majored in English with a creative writing specialization. Her primary academic interests involve West African (especially Ghanaian) publishing development; she has presented her research most recently at the Reaching the Margins Conference, London. Rebekah is an administrator of SMU's publications Discourse and Hilltopics; a member of Phi Beta Kappa; a former NSHSS Student Council representative; a delegate to the Student Conference on National Affairs; a member of the Dedman College Dean search committee; and a Rotunda, National Merit, National Coca Cola, Presidential Freedom, Claes Nobel, Pascal Covici Jr., and Richter award-recipient. Rebekah will pursue studies in African literature and post-colonial critical theory at the University of Birmingham.

Adam Berry
US University: Emory University

Adam Berry, a native of Salisbury, Maryland, graduated from Parkside High School in 2002 and will graduate from Emory with majors in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science. When he isn't researching for his thesis on language and politics in Iran, he divides his time between serving as vice-president of the College Democrats, a Resident Advisor, and running the university's chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting global understanding. He will pursue an M.A. in Applied Corpus Linguistics at Birmingham, and an M.St. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford, with a focus on Iran.


Conor Clarke
US University: Amherst College

ConorClarke Conor Clarke graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Amherst College in 2008 with a double major in political theory and English. Currently a fellow at the Atlantic Monthly, he has worked previously for The Guardian and The New Republic, and has reported from central Africa and Cuba. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Slate and the American Prospect, and he is the co-editor of a book about the economics of corporate social responsibility. At Amherst, he edited two college magazines, published academic legal scholarship and served as a teaching assistant in political economy. Conor will study Economic Policy at the University of Birmingham.