Marshall Scholarships

Website Eligibility Deadline Seniors Campus Deadline: Sept. 15, 2020
National Deadline:  Sept. 25, 2020 


Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan conceived by General George C. Marshall. They express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. The Marshall Scholarship is a very prestigious and competitive award, providing tuition and living Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country's future leaders, to study in the U.K.
  2. To help scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
  3. To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain's centers of academic excellence.
  4. To motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from the U.S. to the U.K. and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding.
  5. To promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar.


To qualify for an award, candidates should:

  • be U.S. citizens
  • by the time they take up their scholarship hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
  • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree (Exceptions will be considered only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college.)
  • have graduated from their college or university after April 2018
  • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British university


In appointing scholars, the selectors will look for:

  • Distinction of intellect and character as evidenced both by their scholastic attainments and by their other activities and achievements.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society.
  • Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, including the presentation of a specific and realistic academic program.

Application Procedure

1. Schedule an appointment to meet with Dean Amanda McCarthy, preferably during your junior year but no later than May 1 prior to your senior year, to discuss your goals and plan to compete in this scholarship process.

2. Begin the online application and register Dean Amanda McCarthy/Case Western Reserve University as endorser/endorsing University.

3. Send the following to Dean McCarthy at by the campus deadline of Sept. 15, 2020:

  • Resume
  • Five application essays:
    • Personal Statement: This should be a short statement in which candidates should describe their intellectual development and other interests and pursuits. (Max 1000 words/8000 characters)

    • Proposed Academic Programme: Candidates should describe below their proposed academic programme, giving reasons for their choice of course and preferred university. Those hoping to read for a research degree should give an outline proposal of the research they wish to undertake and with whom they would like to work. Candidates should also include a brief outline of why they have chosen their second choice courses and institutions. (Max 500 words/8000 characters)

    • Post-scholarship Plans: Candidates should describe their immediate plans upon completion of their Marshall Scholarship and why two years spent undertaking a degree in the UK would enhance these plans. As well as describing plans for employment or further study, candidates should indicate how they would develop ongoing connections with the UK, through their UK institution or some other contacts they propose to make while in the UK.  Please also include a brief statement of your future career plans. (Max 300 words/8000 characters)

    • Leadership Potential: Candidates should describe a situation in which they recognized and responded to a need for leadership. When answering this question please consider the Commission’s criteria on leadership potential (Max 500 words/8000 characters)

    • Ambassadorial Potential: Candidates should explain why they want to undertake their studies in the UK, and in what particular ways do they think that they will benefit personally and professionally from the experience? Candidates should discuss how work in their field of study (including their own research) can enhance the USA-UK relationship. They should further explain what they might do to contribute to improved relations in this area now and following the scholarship. The Ambassadorial Potential Criteria can be found here. (Max 500 words/8000 characters)

  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, if applicable
  • An unofficial transcript

The aforementioned items are actual Marshall application components and will not only allow the Campus Selection Committee to evaluate your candidacy but allow you to finalize your formal Marshall application.

Preference will be for all documents to be sent in one singular PDF. Reference letters should be submitted separately by the letter writer either electronically to or via U.S./campus mail to the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University, 447 Sears Building, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH  44106-7028. Letters of recommendation will need to be submitted to the online application as well.

4. Campus interviews are required for all candidates. Times will be identified for interviews based on your class schedule and committee availability. Interviews will take place in late September. (See schedule below.)

5. Complete final application submission, letters of recommendation included, by Sept. 25, 2020. Campus endorsement will be completed following the campus interviews and by the national deadline.

Application Timeline
Campus deadline (reference letters included) Sept. 15, 2020
Interview scheduling and confirmation Sept. 16-17, 2020
Campus interviews  Sept. 18, 2020
Campus nominations completed  Sept. 21 – 25, 2020
Online application to be submitted by Sept. 25, 2020
National deadline (letter of endorsement added and final submission sent) Sept. 30, 2020

Value of the Award

University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.


British Consulate-General
625 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60611

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