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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.

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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.

Eligibility Limitations:
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.

Application Requirements:
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 Marshall Scholarship Endorsement 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 Thursday, August 24, 2018.

Phase 1: If you are seriously considering applying for the Marshall, we strongly urge you to make an appointment as soon as possible with the Director of Fellowships, Meredith Monaghan, to discuss the application process, how to get prepared, and for suggestions about how to be an effective writer. The Intent-to-Apply deadline for Brandeis students is July 16, 2018; email the Director of Fellowships Meredith Monaghan (monaghan@brandeis.edu) for more details about this step.

Phase 2: No later than the campus deadline (August 24), you should submit one copy of the printed draft of your Marshall application and all supporting materials to Usdan 130. You must also submit a Brandeis transcript; if applicable, be sure to include 1 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.

Campus Interviews:
September 6-7, 2018

Final Deadline:
October 1, 2018

If you are selected for a regional interview, you will be contacted in early- to 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.


Recent Brandeis University Winners and Finalists:
Congratulations to Elizabeth Stoker '13, Brandeis' first Marshall Scholar since 1985! Read more about her here: http://www.brandeis.edu/now/2012/november/marshallscholar.html. Recent Finalists include Aaron Voldman '09, in 2011, and Tobias Harris '05, in 2004.