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What is the Marshall Scholarship?

The Marshall Scholarship Program selects 40-50 young US citizens each year for fully funded graduate study in the United Kingdom (UK). The Program was created to honor the ideals of the Marshall Plan, which aided the recovery of Europe after World War II.

The Marshall Scholarship supports up to two years of graduate study, with the possibility of an extension for certain degree programs. Although there is also a one-year Marshall Scholarship, the benefits of spending two years in the UK are many and Carleton encourages students interested in the Marshall to apply for the two-year scholarship.

Who can apply?

The Marshall Scholarship is open to US Citizens who will have a college degree, in any subject, by the time they would begin study in the UK (and did not receive that degree before April 2022). This award has a stated minimum GPA of 3.7.

Why apply for the Marshall Scholarship?

  • The Marshall Scholarship can be used at any institution of higher education in the UK, the home of some of the world’s best universities.
  • The most common use of the Marshall Scholarship is to pursue two, distinct, one-year Master’s programs. Master’s programs in the UK are generally more specific than those in the US, and this two-year, two-degree model is a great way to further explore or bring together your interests.
  • Marshall Scholars are encouraged to make the most of living in the UK by engaging with their communities and participating in official programming – including meeting renowned scholars, Members of Parliament, and other notable figures in the UK.
  • Marshall Scholars become part of a lifelong, highly influential network of people in the US and UK.
  • Finally, the Marshall Scholarship is one of the world’s most prestigious fellowships and is a mark of distinction that opens many doors for the future.

What are the selection criteria?

The Marshall Scholarship selection committees uses the three following selection criteria, which are equally weighted:

Where can I learn more?

  • Visit the official website of the Marshall Scholarship to learn more about the award.
  • The Outreach Page at the Marshall Scholarship website offers helpful information about the scholarship from members of the selection committees, as well as tips for creating a strong application.
  • The Course Search tool is a great resource for learning more about the wide variety of graduate programs you can pursue with a Marshall Scholarship (graduate degree programs at UK universities are called ‘courses’). The Complete University and UCAS guides are also useful, but keep in mind that they include courses that are ineligible for the Marshall Scholarship. You must also pay attention to the special rules listed for Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Kings College London, the London School of Economics, and University College London (see the Rules for One-Year or Two-Year Candidates). You will be asked to list your prospective graduate programs on the pre-application form.
  • Make an appointment with Director of Student Fellowships Marynel Ryan Van Zee to discuss your interests and get your questions answered.


The required Pre-Application form is due by 11:59pm Central Time on June 10, 2024. Please note that you will be listing potential recommenders – you will discuss your choices with Marynel before asking your potential recommenders if they will write for you.

Additional deadlines that fall over the summer and during early Fall Term will be explained on the 2024 Marshall Applicant Resources page that will be made available to those who complete the pre-application.

Questions ?

Contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships at x4300, Laird 131/mryanvanzee.

Official Website

Marshall Scholarship

Recent Recipients

Ishmael Maxwell ’21

Bailey Ulbricht ’15