University of Sussex


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

The following information has been provided by the University of Sussex:

The University of Sussex has hosted over forty Marshall Scholars and welcomes over 600 US students to its campus each year, including 339 students from US universities attending our renowned International Summer School, and a further 228 on visiting and exchanges programmes.

The University of Sussex is world-renowned for the quality of its teaching and research (in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise over 90% of its research was judged as either world-leading or of international importance). It pioneered interdisciplinary research and teaching and is closely associated with radical thought and liberalism. Sussex combines academic excellence with a unique location on the Southeast coast of the UK, on the edge of the exciting and cosmopolitan city of Brighton, and less than an hour by train to London. Sussex has around 17,000 students of which approximately 35% come from outside the UK and from around 140 different countries. Our distinguished alumni, former staff and associates span the world. Academic staff are often leaders in their fields of study and act as commentators, policy makers and influencers on relevant, real-world issues. Your study experience at Sussex will be directly informed by the cutting-edge research undertaken by faculty. We have counted three Nobel Prize winners, thirteen Fellows of the Royal Society, six Fellows of the British Academy and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize amongst our staff.

We strongly encourage applicants to explore Masters and Doctoral programmes that feed into our key research strengths described below.

Our research covers all major social science disciplines, and interdisciplinary areas such as development studies. The 2017 QS University World Rankings placed the University of Sussex at number one in the world for Development Studies. The ranking – placing Sussex above Harvard, Oxford and the LSE – reflects the academic reputation, quality, impact and range of international development teaching and research undertaken across the Sussex campus. Development studies draws on academic expertise in the School of Global Studies (which hosts the Sussex Centre for Migration Research), Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), Centre for International Education (CIE) and Institute of Development Studies (IDS).  We continue to innovate in this area and, building on Sussex’s tradition of inter-disciplinarity and societal engagement, the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme represents the community of sustainability researchers at the University of Sussex and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

In the arts and humanities, Sussex has pioneered interdisciplinary studies, unifying a strong focus on historical study with the exploration of modern and postmodern theory.  Prime examples of this are our Sussex Centre for American Studies and the Sussex Humanities Lab. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, History at Sussex was the highest rated submission in the UK for the quality of its research outputs and the School of English was placed 9th in the UK out of 89 submissions to the English Language and Literature panel.  Particular strengths include our Centre for Creative and Critical Thought and our Centre for Modernist Studies, which draws on the University of Sussex’s Special Collections including the papers of Rudyard Kipling and a series of collections relating to the Bloomsbury Group, including the Monks House Papers of Virginia Woolf and Leonard Woolf, the Edith Sitwell papers, the Charleston papers and the Carrington Papers. 

In the sciences, we are proud to have been home to the research of three Nobel Prize winners and the winner of the Crafoord Prize (in biosciences). The University of Sussex Biological Sciences submission in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework was ranked 10th overall and 3rd for output quality and included the Genome Damage and Stability Centre (GDSC), a world-renowned research centre focused on basic/discovery science in the field of genome instability and human disease. Additional strengths can be found in School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (including Quantum technology research), the School of Engineering and Informatics and in cross-disciplinary research centres such as Sussex Neuroscience, which hosts a prestigious Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre.

Whether you are a taught or research postgraduate student, choose arts and humanities, social sciences or sciences, our learning resources and support will help you get the most from your time at Sussex.

Campus life

Sussex is the only university in England which is entirely located within a National Park. The University campus offers the experience of a large, self-contained village, with lecture theatres, seminar rooms, libraries, laboratories, accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and sports facilities all within one beautiful campus site. Less than 10 minutes away is the lively seaside city of Brighton with its great leisure facilities, beach, shops, and its rich, varied cultural life. Brighton is perfectly placed on the south coast of England, just one hour directly underneath London, and 30 minutes from London Gatwick airport.

Sussex welcomes students every year from all over the globe, and we currently have students from over 140 different countries, making up 35% of our total student population. With a total student population of 17,000, Sussex is a medium size UK university, offering a large community feel, but without being too large to feel ‘lost’ or unrecognised. Outside of their studies, Sussex students can enjoy a range of over 200 sports clubs and societies on campus, and many more activities throughout the city of Brighton.

The buildings in the heart of campus were designed by the renowned architect Sir Basil Spence. This includes Falmer House, which won one of the coveted medals of the Royal Institute of British Architects in the year it opened (1962. In 1993, the buildings which make up the core of Sir Basil Spence's original design were given listed building status. Falmer House was one of only two educational buildings in the UK to be given Grade 1 status of 'exceptional interest'.

Sussex is continually investing in the facilities and environment on campus. One of the most recent developments is the start of a new student village on campus, to replace 590 outdated student bedrooms from the 1970s, with 2,100 units. The new buildings will be a mixture of townhouses and flats, and will also include larger communal spaces, laundry facilities, study rooms, a new Students’ Union hub, and secure cycle parking for every resident.

A distinguished faculty

Sussex has developed a reputation for innovation and inspiration, and attracts leading thinkers and researchers. We have more than 2,100 staff, including around 1,000 teaching and research staff, of which over 300 are research-only.

We have had three Nobel Prize winners, 14 Fellows of the Royal Society, 12 Fellows of the British Academy and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize on our staff.


Sussex is consistently ranked in the top 20 in all three major UK league tables: The Guardian, The Times, The Complete University Guide. Additionally, Sussex is 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects (The Guardian).

Globally, Sussex is recognised as a top 150 university by the THE World Rankings, and a top 200 university by the QS World Rankings. Also on a global scale, the QS World Rankings has recognised Sussex as ‘world leading’ (in the world’s top 100 universities) for eight subjects in 2017:

-          Development Studies (1st in the world)

-          Geography

-          Politics and International Studies

-          History

-          English Language and Literature

-          Anthropology

-          Communication and Media Studies

-          Sociology

The University’s relationship with the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission is supported by the University of Sussex’s Doctoral School.  If you are a student considering applying or an academic adviser and have a query please e-mail:

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Devin Weiss 

US University: University of Illinois -Urbana Champaign

Devin Weiss, from Chicago, Illinois, is a sociology major and social justice leader at the University of Illinois. Devin has worked in four different research labs, including the ONE Archives at the University of Southern California. She has published multiple articles and has conducted independent research within the James Scholar Honors Program. After attending the 2016 International Association for Relationship Research Conference in Toronto, Devin’s research has primarily focused on utilizing policy as a vessel to empower women around the world. Devin is a proud member and former Risk Management Chair of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. Devin plans to study Human Rights at the University of Sussex.


Shea Houlihan

US University: Georgetown University


Shea Houlihan graduates Phi Beta Kappa with training in economics and politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Shea develops evaluation methodology in public policy using research techniques from behavioral economics, data science, and evidence-based social intervention. To that end, he works as a data scientist and directs a US-based social innovation charity. Previously Shea has conducted economic and political research in a number of domains including: experimental economics at Georgetown University; forced-migration policy among international organizations such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees; and U.S. foreign policy at The National Interest. He has also worked on development projects in Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia. Shea has coauthored several peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in addition to presenting at multiple conferences. He read for an MSc in Social Research Methods at the University of Sussex and also earned a doctorate in Social Intervention at the University of Oxford.