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 is proud to have hosted over forty prestigious Marshall Scholars, works in partnership with over fifty US institutions and welcomes over 150 US students to its campus each year.

We are a leading teaching and research institution in the UK. Our researchers and teachers are at the forefront of their fields and ensure there are strong links between our research and our courses, ensuring a remarkable postgraduate academic experience. In the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Sussex was ranked 14th in the UK, 43rd in Europe and 111th in the world.

Our research covers all major social science disciplines, and interdisciplinary areas such as development studies. The 2015 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 research undertaken and courses offered 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).

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 our Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies, which works in partnership with the Globe Theatre, London. 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 in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The University campus is like a large, self-contained village, with lecture theatres, seminar rooms, libraries, laboratories, accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and sports facilities all within easy walking distance. Just a few minutes away is the lively seaside city of Brighton with its great leisure facilities and its rich, varied cultural life.

Buildings in the heart of campus were designed by the renowned architect Sir Basil Spence. These include Falmer House, which won one of the coveted medals of the Royal Institute of British Architects in the year it opened (1962), and the striking circular Meeting House based on the design of the traditional oast house which won a Civic Trust award in 1969. 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'.

Over the past 40 years new buildings have been added as the University has expanded and its requirements have changed. In 2007, two new halls of residence opened with over 700 en-suite rooms becoming available. Construction of an £10 million teaching facility is also due to start in 2008.

A distinguished faculty

The University's international reputation attracts teachers and researchers at the forefront of their fields. Sussex is proud to have counted Nobel Prize winners and fellows of the Royal Society and British Academy on its staff. Faculty publish around 3,000 papers, journal articles and books each year, as well as being involved in consultative work across the world.

Unique resources

Its consistently high reputation in experimental subjects has ensured that Sussex has an excellent infrastructure of laboratories and academic support services. The Library has impressive IT facilities and over 1,000 reader spaces. The stock comprises over 800,000 printed volumes (about 15,000 books are added each year), while much of the information researchers may need is now available electronically. The Library is noted for its specialist holdings including the Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling and New Statesman papers, the Mass Observation Archive (a unique social history resource), and a European Documentation Centre (with its collection of European Union publications).

A university for the region

The knowledge, training and facilities at the University are also used to promote the economic development of the region, an important example of which is the Academic Corridor project, in which Sussex plays a key role. The project is based on the geographical 'corridor' of educational institutions flanking the main A27 road from Lewes to central Brighton, and its flagship is the Sussex Innovation Centre housed on the University campus. This Centre is a key resource for the area and its facilities for high-technology companies and support for business development provides additional means of commercially exploiting the University's research and expertise.

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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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 will earn a doctorate in Social Intervention at the University of Oxford.