Marshall Scholarship*

Gustavus Fellowships Office

Initial Gustavus Deadline: Early September
Campus Interview: Mid-September
Final Gustavus Deadline:Late September/Early October
Web site:
Campus Contact: Amanda Nienow, Fellowships Coordinator


Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 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. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars will strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars will enhance their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs will contribute to their ultimate personal success. The objectives of the Marshall scholarships are:

  • To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the UK.
  • To help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
  • 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.
  • To motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from America to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding.
  • To promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each Scholar.


The total value of a Marshall Scholarship varies a little according to the circumstances (subject area, place of residence, marital status, etc.) of each Fellow but the figure tends to average to be about £23,000 a year. Please see the Web site for complete details.


  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship).
  • By the time they take up their scholarship (i.e. September), applicants must hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States.
  • Applicants must have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree. (Exceptions will be considered only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college.)
  • Applicants must have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April.
  • Applicants must not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.


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