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.
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 Gen. George C Marshall. They express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.
Marshall Scholarships are designed to enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the U.K.; help scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain; 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; 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; and promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar.
- U.S. citizen
- Planning to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom
- GPA of at least 3.7
- Desire to be a "change agent," not just a strong scholar
- Substantial leadership background
- Demonstrated civic engagement
Must be a U.S. citizen and college graduate within two years of your graduation date (BA or BS).
Any institution of higher learning in the U.K. Applications are encouraged for study at institutions other than those in London, Cambridge and Oxford.
Amount, Duration of Award
Awards average about 38,000 euros ($41,420) per year and cover tuition, books, room, board, fares to and from the U.S. and other expenses. Awards are for two years, with possibility of being extended to a third year. There are approximately 1,000 applications for 40 scholarships, divided among eight U.S. regions.
- Institutional endorsement.
- Specific plan of study (500 words). Candidates should provide 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.
- Personal essay (1,000 words maximum) describing your academic and other interests and pursuits.
- Three letters of recommendation (two academic, no more than 1,000 words).
- Brandeis transcript(s) and, if applicable, non-Brandeis transcript(s) (i.e., summer school, study abroad). Submit one copy of non-Brandeis transcripts.
- Online application. Do not finalize application until you have gone through the entire on-campus process with the Brandeis Marshall Scholarship Endorsement committee. The Marshall Scholarship website is very helpful as a resource in getting started.
Dates, Deadlines and Notification
- Intent-to-apply deadline: Contact Meredith Monaghan as soon as possible, but no later than July 15, 2021, to set up an appointment.
- Campus deadline: Complete application, including three letters of reference, is due to Meredith Monaghan by 5:00 p.m. on Sepember 1st, 2021. Applicants will have the opportunity to make changes to their application even after the campus deadline, although the Marshall endorsement committee may or may not see these edits.
- Campus interviews: Early September 2021
- Final deadline: September 28, 2021
- Notification: If you are selected for a regional interview, you will be contacted in early- to mid-November.
Past Brandeis Winners, Finalists
- Elizabeth Stoker ’13, 2012 winner. Read more about her.
- Aaron Voldman ’09, 2011 finalist.
- Tobias Harris ’05, 2004 finalist.