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Marshall

Overview
Eligibility
Selection criteria
Initial application
Official internal application
Instructions for writers of recommendation letters

External application
After the application is submitted

OVERVIEW: At least forty Marshall Scholarships are awarded each year. They may be held at any British university and cover one or two years of graduate study in almost any discipline. The scholarship covers all tuitions and fees; it also provides a monthly stipend and some funds for travels and books. The Marshall Commission maintains a very useful website, and interested students should familiarize themselves with the “Rules for Candidates,” the “FAQ's,” and the various resources about British universities and academic programs.

ELIGIBILITY: The Marshall Scholarship has three basic conditions of eligibility:

• U.S. citizenship (at the time of application)
• Completion of an undergraduate degree within the 3 years prior to beginning study in the UK

• Cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.7

SELECTION CRITERIA: Candidates for the Marshall Scholarship should demonstrate “distinction of intellect and character,” as well as “strong motivation and seriousness of purpose.” Both in their academic work and other activities, strong Marshall applicants will show evidence of the potential to be leaders in society. Finally, a strong Marshall application will offer a well thought-out rationale for the proposed academic program.

INITIAL APPLICATION: Because competition for this scholarship is so intense, it is important to begin the application process early. The initial application is intended to get you started putting together the materials you will need for later stages. Based on your initial application, you will receive feedback from the Fellowships Adviser regarding whether you have the potential to receive institutional endorsement and if so what steps you should take and what concerns you will have to address to earn that endorsement. Click Here for Deadlines.

The initial application will consist of the following:

• A current, comprehensive resumé, including employment, activities, honors, skills, and languages. This need not be limited to one page. Please include a description of planned employment or other activities for the upcoming summer and fall.
• The names of four potential writers of letter of recommendation, at leastthree of whom should be professors. You are advised to inform these writers of your plans to apply for this fellowship.
• A personal statement worksheet
• A list of any other fellowships you are planning to apply for

• A list of any questions you have about the fellowship or the application process

OFFICIAL FALL INTERNAL APPLICATION: Prospective applicants must register at www.marshallscholarship.org in order to access the online application. In this first stage, you submit your application electronically to Dean Mancini and are interviewed soon after by the Committee on Fellowships and Prizes here on campus. This application includes the following elements:

  • A 3-page application form, including a section asking about “personal interests and non-academic activities” and a “brief statement of future career aims.”
  • Personal statement of not more than 1000 words describing your “academic and other interests and pursuits.”
  • A description (not more than 500 words) of your “proposed academic programme, giving reasons for your choice of course and preferred university.”
  • A brief essay (not more than 500 words) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study in the UK
  • Four letters of recommendation
Click here for instructions and advice for your recommenders.

On the basis of that application and interview, the Committee will decide whether or not to endorse your application.  If you are selected as a nominee, the committee will prepare an official letter of support for your application. You will also receive some feedback on your application and have a short time period in which to revise materials for your final application. The better and more polished your initial application; the likelier you are to have a strong interview, a strong letter of support, and the strongest possible final application.

EXTERNAL APPLICATION: Revised application must be submitted to Dean Mancini at least two days before the official external deadline. If necessary, you should be prepared to make last-minute editorial corrections and must submit the corrected version by 5 pm on the day before the published external deadline.

AFTER THE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED: Candidates selected for interview will be notified by early November. They must take a printed and signed copy of their application and four passport-size photos to their interviews. The final selection will be announced shortly after the interview. Successful applicants will be offered a scholarship in writing, and will be asked to accept or decline this offer, also in writing, within 12 days of receiving it.