University of Reading


This Scholarship is for Graduate Study at graduate level at the University of Reading and will be for two years (with a possibility of a third year). If awarded a Reading Marshall Scholarship candidates would be expected to study at the University of Reading.

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Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, the University of Reading received its Royal Charter to become a university in 1926. The university is ranked in the top 1% of universities globally and enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. Reading is a research-intensive institution with 18,000 students from over 150 countries and nearly 4,200 members of staff.


Our main Whiteknights campus is set in 130 hectares of beautiful, award-winning parkland. It’s a green and welcoming place in which to study, live and relax.

This campus is just a short walk or bus ride from the centre of Reading, which has one of the fastest-growing economies in the UK. Located just 40 miles west of London, Reading has a lively mix of culture, shopping, nightlife, restaurants and professional sports teams. Reading is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick airports and boasts excellent transport links across the country.

The University is very active internationally and has operations in many countries including campuses in Malaysia and South Africa.

Academic Overview

At the University of Reading, students are taught by leading academics who are passionate about their subject, and supported by a range of outstanding resources and research. The results from the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 confirm the University of Reading's place as a world-leading, research-intensive university; the REF places the University of Reading 19th in the UK by research intensity (a measure of quality adjusted by the proportion of researchers submitted), and 27th in the UK by research power (out of 154 submitted institutions). 

The University has a strong reputation for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly in the areas of climate and environmental sciences, food security and health. The University also hosts the largest collection of Samuel Beckett materials in the world.

The University of Reading has also been the recipient of the prestigious Queens Anniversary Prize for teaching and research excellence on four different occasions in the departments of Meteorology, Graphic Communication and Typography, Archaeology and Education.

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Reading Marshall Scholars


Sean Alexander
US University: Hendrix College

AlexanderSean Alexander, from Little Rock, Arkansas, was a politics major and active student-leader at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. A sixth-generation Arkansan, Sean has worked with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and is especially interested in rural food insecurity and economic development in post-industrialized nations. After completing his postgraduate studies in rural development, Sean will establish The Rural Alliance, a rural policy think-tank, to develop globally-inspired policies to combat rural hunger and poverty.


Rahfin Faruk
US University: Southern Methodist University

A native of Richardson, TX, Rahfin Faruk earned Bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy and Religious Studies in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. Rahfin has dedicated his life to helping those in need. At SMU, he was the founder and CEO of a microfinance start-up that provided zero-interest loans to low-income clients in West Dallas and currently works as a consultant at FSG, a non-profit social impact consultancy that helps organizations across sectors better engage in society. As a Marshall Scholar, Faruk will pursue a Master’s Degree in Investment Management at the University of Reading and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, where he’ll focus on financial inclusion and ensuring that individuals and businesses in need have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that fit their needs in an ethical and sustainable way.