University College London


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

The following information has been provided by UCL:

UCL was founded in 1826 to open up university education in England to those who had been excluded from it.  In 1878, it became the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms with men.There were students from outside London, and from overseas, right from the start. UCL was the first English university to offer the systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine.

Facts about UCL:

  • UCL's community of 42,000 staff and students is engaged in productive partnerships around the world. UCL academics are working at the forefront of their disciplines partnering with world-renowned organisations such as BHP Billiton, CERN, Microsoft and NASA and contributing to influential reports for the UN, EU and UK government.
  • UCL is one of the most successful UK universities at attracting funding, with a research income of nearly £334 million in 2013, when we received the highest allocation of Research Council UK funding and 3rd highest allocation of European Research Council (FP7) grants.
  • UCL has 983 professors and more than 6,000 academic and research staff who are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards (HESA 2013). UCL has the best academic to student ratio in the UK (1:10), enabling small class sizes and outstanding individual support (Times 2013).
  • UCL is associated with several major teaching hospitals – such as the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the Royal Free Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital – which provide Londoners with first-rate healthcare and contribute to major advances in medical research.
  • Our academic community includes 53 fellows of the Royal Society, 51 Fellows of the British Academy, 15 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 117 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
  • Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 29 academics and graduates.  The most recent addition, in 2014, is John O'Keefe (Medicine). 11 UCL Honorary Graduates and Fellows have also been awarded Nobel Prizes.
  • We have hundreds of collaborative research and teaching partners, including a partnership with Yale (the Yale UCL Collaborative) and a new Executive Master’s of Public Administration programme with NYU Wagner.
  • More than 52% of the 36,000-strong student community is engaged in graduate studies, with more than a third of these students pursuing research degrees.
  • Students from more than 151 countries outside the UK study at UCL, making up 40% of the student body.
  • An ever-expanding worldwide network of more than 200,000 UCL alumni helps to maintain the university's international reputation for access, innovation and excellence.
  • UCL is one of the top five universities in the UK for graduate employability.  In 2013/14 an average of 22 employers per week visited the UCL campus.
  • UCL provides an environment that encourages students to be ambitious yet idealistic. In 2013 alone, UCL students participated in 41,500 hours of voluntary work and set up 80 social enterprises and 25 student businesses.

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Winners of UCL Marshall Scholarships


Brittany Partridge

US University: Abilene Christian University

PartridgeBrittany Partridge, a Minnesota native, graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A. in Political Science. A Truman Scholar, she co-founded the Red Thread Movement, an international initiative combating human trafficking. Furthering her involvement in this issue, Brittany was a U.S. Department of State intern, Polaris Project fellow, and volunteered abroad with a Nepalese organization addressing trafficking in Southeast Asia. She has given presentations about human trafficking at multiple universities, including Princeton and Cornell, and contributed to CNN and mtvU's anti-trafficking campaigns. She plans to study International Public Policy and Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism at University College London.

Jacob Tzegaegbe

US University: Georgia Institute of Technology

TzegaegbeJacob Tzegaegbe, of Snellville, Georgia, is a 2011 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In May 2012, Jacob will complete his M.S. in Civil Engineering conducting research on Bus Rapid Transit in African cities. He has been recognized as the National Society of Black Engineers Distinguished Undergraduate Engineer of the Year, Omicron Delta Kappa National Circle Leader of the Year, and was named 2011-2012 Mr. Georgia Tech. Jacob has read for an MSc in Mega Infrastructure Planning Appraisal and Delivery and an MSc in Urban Economic Development.


Samuel Dorison
US University: Princeton University

Samuel Dorison, from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Focusing on the intersection of human rights and international security, he previously worked in South Africa as a volunteer teacher and interned at a law firm representing Guantánamo Bay detainees. Sam twice visited Guantánamo to interview detainees, writing his senior thesis on U.S. detention policy and receiving the prize for best thesis on American foreign policy. A recipient of the Spirit of Princeton Award, he enjoys triathlon training, traveling, and cheering for the Red Sox. He read for an MSc in Security Studies at UCL.


Shivani Jain
US University: Emory University

A native of Luling, Louisiana, Shivani graduated with a degree in Sociology from Emory University. She is actively involved with Emory's Global Health Institute, policy debate team, and The Vagina Monologues movement. A Dean's Scholar, Shivani has received numerous departmental awards for her research in sociology, water sanitation, and neurology. During her time away from school, she has studied in the UK, Ecuador, and India. In 2009, she co-founded a creative arts-focused NGO, RISE Glocal, to help increase environmental awareness and health education in Ghana and Sierra Leone. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, dancing tango, and boxing.  She read for an MSc in Global Health and Development at UCL.


Erin Conrad
US University: University of Wisconsin - Madison

ErinConradErin Conrad, a native of Eden Prairie, MN, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied physics, math, and French. Erin has conducted research in condensed matter physics, neutrino astronomy, physical chemistry, neuroradiology, and medical ethics. She has served as an ER volunteer and as a housing counselor, and taught physics at her university's Physics Learning Center. Erin plans to pursue a taught MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health at University College London. She hopes to combine her medical training with training in ethics and health policy to become a physician-ethicist.


Emma Wu
US University: Harvard University

EmmaWuA native of Dallas, Texas transplanted to Camarillo, California, Emma Wu will graduate from Harvard University with a B.A. in linguistics. Her thesis focuses on theories of cognition as related to language processing in brain-damaged subjects. Emma is a black belt in taekwondo with collegiate, national, and international competition experience. She plans to study experimental psychology and cognitive neuropsychology at University College London.


Hilary Martens
US University: University of Montana - Missoula

HilaryMartensHilary Martens, a Missoula native, will graduate from the University of Montana-Missoula in May 2008, with B.A. degrees in physics and music and a minor in mathematics. A 2006 Goldwater Scholar, Hilary studies ions in Saturn's magnetosphere with the international Cassini/Huygens Mission. In summer 2005, she interned at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in England. Named one of Glamour Magazine's "Top Ten College Women" of 2007, Hilary also plays the violin, composes music, competes in marathon canoeing, and raises funds to supply books to schools in developing countries. Hilary will pursue a M.Sc. in Space Science at University College London.