Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.
U.S. citizens who wish to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom. GPA must be at least 3.7. The Marshall Scholarship seeks "change agents," not just strong scholars. In addition to academic excellence, you should also have a substantial leadership background and demonstrated civic engagement.
You must be a U.S. citizen and college graduate within 2 years of your graduation date (B.A. or B.S.).
Any institution of higher learning in the UK. Applications are encouraged for study at institutions other than those in London, Cambridge and Oxford.
Two year award. Occasionally extended to a 3rd year.
Institutional endorsement, a specific plan of study (500 words), a personal essay (1,000 words maximum), 4 letters of recommendation (2 academic - no more than 1000 words) and institutional endorsement, and college transcript(s). You must apply on-line-- however, do not finalize your on-line application until you have gone through the entire on-campus process with the Brandeis Rhodes & Marshall committee. The Marshall website is very helpful as a resource in getting started: www.marshallscholarship.org.
Campus Deadline: A complete application, including letters of reference, is due to the Director of Academic Fellowships by 5pm on Friday, August 31, 2012.
Phase 1: If you are seriously considering applying for the Marshall, we strongly urge you to make an appointment with the Director of Fellowships, Meredith Monaghan, to discuss the application process, how to get prepared, and for consultation on your writing.
Phase 2: No later than the campus deadline (August 31), you should submit one copy of the printed draft of your Marshall application and all supporting materials to Usdan 130. You also need a Brandeis transcript; if applicable, be sure to include 1 original copy of any non-Brandeis transcripts (i.e. summer school, study abroad). You will still be able (and likely encouraged) to make changes to your application even after the campus deadline, although the Marshall endorsement committee may or may not see these edits. Please DO NOT STAPLE your application.
The deadline is October 1, 2012.
If you are selected for a regional interview, you will be contacted in mid-November.
Who applies nationwide?
There are close to 1000 applications for 40 scholarships, divided amongst 8 regions in the United States.
Typical Essay Questions:
1) Personal statement describing your academic and other interests and pursuits (1000 words maximum).
2) Proposed Academic Programme (500 words maximum). 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. If any postgraduate study has already been undertaken, state briefly the field, and list any theses or dissertations written or published.
Congratulations to Aaron Voldman '09 who was selected as a finalist in 2011! The next most recent Brandeis finalist was Tobias Harris '05 who was selected in 2004.