University of Edinburgh



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

The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583, making it one of Scotland's oldest universities. It is the largest university in Scotland and one of the most multicultural attracting more than 31,000 students from 150 different countries.

With 22 Schools in three Colleges: Humanities and Social Science; Medicine and Veterinary Medicine; and Science and Engineering, the University has over 20,000 undergraduate students and over 10,000 postgraduate students. More than 11,000 international students come to Edinburgh every year and the University offers over 500 first degree programmes and almost 300 postgraduate programmes.  The University employ approximately 10,000 staff members who provide comprehensive support for students.  The academic to student ratio is 1:5.  

The excellence of the University of Edinburgh's research and teaching is recognised around the world; leading to collaborations with other key international universities, companies and organisations, including Stanford University and Shanghai's Fudan University.  For a full list of the University of Edinburgh’s exchange partners please click here.

The University was recently voted one of the top 10 universities in Europe and one of the top 20 in the world. Edinburgh is also a member of a number of prestigious national and international organisations, including the Russell Group, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Universitas 21.  The Research Excellence Framework (REF) results reveal that 83% of the University’s research activity is in the highest categories - 4* and 3*- which are classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

As an internationally renowned centre for academic excellence, the University of Edinburgh is the site of many world-class research achievements in the fields of genetics, education and computer science, among others. Former students include former UK Prime Minister the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, former MI5 director Stella Rimington, astronaut Piers Sellers, and authors Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as sixteen Nobel Prize winners, including Professor Peter Higgs, Charles Barkla and Max Born.

Edinburgh is a truly international city with four million people visiting every year, making it the most popular UK tourist destination after London. It is regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world, with its stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, and winding medieval streets, it is easy to see why Edinburgh has been listed as a World Heritage Site. As well as being well-known for its friendly people and its green environment, it is a safe and prosperous city with a thriving economy, plenty of parks and open public spaces with no-one living more than two miles from open countryside.

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Winners of the Edinburgh Marshall Scholarships:


Hope Bretscher
US University: University of Chicago

Hope Bretscher, from Ballwin, Missouri, is a fourth year physics major and human rights minor at the University of Chicago. Hope runs on varsity cross country and track at UChicago and leads the campus Women in Science organization. Hope is very active in the south Chicago community, serving on the Faith in Action team at Urban Village Church and in the Prayers for a Trauma Center civic action group. During college, she has been actively engaged in scientific research, studying lithium ion batteries under Professor Axelbaum at Washington University, and is currently researching Diamond Nitrogen Vacancies under Professor David Awschalom.  She will study an MSc in Science and Technology in Society at the University of Edinburgh.


Rebecca Farnum

US University: Michigan State University

Rebecca Farnum graduates in May 2012 from Michigan State University with degrees in anthropology, interdisciplinary humanities, international development, and international relations. She focuses on food and water security in the Middle East and North Africa, arguing that feeding people can feed peace. Farnum co-founded MSU's Campus Interfaith Council and works with Students for Peace and Justice and the MLK Diversity Committee. A member of the United Methodist Church, Farnum was a 2011 Udall Scholar and White House intern. As a Marshall Scholar, she will pursue degrees in environmental science at the University of East Anglia and the University of Edinburgh.


Josephine Chambers

US University: University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

JosiechamberssmallJosie Chambers graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Integrative Biology, and minors in Anthropology and Chemistry. During her four years, Josie researched honeybee genomics, worked on primate conservation projects in Uganda and Costa Rica, and organized environmental lectures and educational programs as co-founder of UIUC Roots & Shoots. Currently working in Peru to conserve endangered primate habitat, Josie aspires to work towards sustainable and equitable management of tropical forests. She plans to study conservation management at Edinburgh and Cambridge. While not in the forest, Josie enjoys video editing, running, singing, and playing guitar.


Michael Barany

US University: Cornell University

MichaelBaranyFor someone who could not count past 29 when he started school, it is especially appropriate that Michael Barany's areas of mathematical research have included combinatorics, the study of counting, and analysis on infinite-dimensional fractals. Attending closely to the critical underpinnings of his mathematical work, he will continue his study of the history, sociology, and philosophy of mathematics at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. Michael is also secretary on the board of directors of the Telluride Association, an educational non-profit corporation.


Ian Clausen

US University: University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

IanClausenIan Clausen, of Wheaton, IL, will graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English and religious studies from the University of Illinois. There he was distinguished as a James, Cohn and Chancellor's scholar and received the Raymond Seng scholarship for English. His research was among the first published for an academic website on ancient Near Eastern material culture. At Illinois, Ian divided his time by co-founding an AIDS organization, instructing freshmen classes, and leading student ministries on campus and in Asia. A former Cross-Country/Track collegiate athlete, he will read Theological Ethics at the University of Edinburgh in the fall.


Lee Pearson
US University: Duke University

LeePearsonOriginally from Spokane, Washington, Lee will graduate as Duke University's first dual-major in Civil/Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Pursuing interests in the environment and sustainable development, Lee has studied marine population dynamics in the Florida Keys, researched and published on pipeline dynamics in China, spoke at engineering conferences in Washington DC and Bogot and established development projects during his summers in Uganda and Peru for Duke Engineers Without Borders. On campus, as engineering senior class president, Lee enjoys organizing events and enabling underclassmen at weekly engineering socials. Next year, he plans to study Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh.