The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission runs the UK’s flagship scholarship programme with the United States
The Marshall Commission was established by an Act of Parliament in 1953 to administer the Marshall Scholarship programme as an Executive Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
The Commission comprises up to 10 Commissioners who act as a Board for the programme, setting direction, providing oversight and adding value to the scholars experience in the UK, using their personal networks and experience to give them access to interesting and insightful opportunities. The Commission is supported by dedicated staff at the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which is contracted to administer the Marshall Scholarship programme.
Commissioners are responsible for:
- Overseeing the grant-in-aid provided by the FCO funding Marshall Scholarships for talented graduates from the United States, as well as nurturing the programme’s increasingly important funding partnerships with academic institutions and others.
- Overseeing the selection of Scholars, working with Regional Selection Committees in the USA, in co-ordination with Consuls General and the Ambassador’s Advisory Council in Washington.
- Ensuring Scholars receive appropriate advice and assistance while in the UK.
- The effective delivery of the Marshall programme, with support from the secretariat.
- Ensuring Marshall makes a valuable and enduring contribution to UK-US relations.