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Marshall Scholarship

University endorsement required. See How to Apply below for more details.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in any field of study at any UK university. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year. Marshall Scholars receive funding for up to three years of study leading to a degree at a UK university. Funds cover university fees, living expenses, an annual book allowance, thesis grant, research and travel grants, and costs of travel between the US and UK.

The Marshall Scholarship is funded by the British government to foster strong continued ties between the US and the UK. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions.

Who Should Apply?

Marshall Scholars are deep thinkers who are prepared to lead in multiple sectors and have the ability to get things done. Candidates are evaluated on academic achievement, leadership potential, social commitment, and communication skills.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.7
  • be a graduating senior, recent graduate (within two years of graduation date), or current graduate/professional student or recent graduate

Marshall Scholars typically have:

  • an outstanding record of academic performance and achievement
  • demonstrated potential to make a significant contribution to society
  • a clear vision for how they will make a difference
  • strong motivation and seriousness of purpose
  • a specific and realistic academic program

How to Apply

To apply for this award, you must be endorsed by Drexel University. We hold an open campus competition for endorsement beginning each Spring.

Step 1: Submit an Intent to Apply Form

Deadline: May 15

Students interested in seeking Drexel University endorsement for the Marshall Scholarship should submit an Intent to Apply form as soon as possible to set up a meeting with the Marshall Scholarship campus representative to discuss the program and steps you can take to become a more competitive candidate.

Qualified students who submit an Intent to Apply form by May 15 each year will work closely with a Fellowships Advisor and experienced Drexel faculty/staff, who will help the candidate clarify goals and values, assist with application details, and contribute to draft the letter of endorsement on behalf of the University.

Candidates who submit an Intent to Apply after May 15 are not guaranteed the same level of advising, but will be considered for university endorsement if they submit materials by posted campus endorsement deadlines.

Step 2: Campus Endorsement

Deadline: August 1

You must submit a complete Marshall application by this deadline be considered for Drexel endorsement (required to apply for the program). We ask that your recommenders also submit draft letters to for the campus deadline, to improve the quality of the endorsement. However, if your recommenders are unable to submit for the campus deadline, you will still be considered for endorsement; in this case, you will be asked to submit a brief explanation of your recommenders' expertise and your relationship with them.

The Drexel University Selection Committee will evaluate your application according to Marshall's selection criteria, based on a review of your materials and a brief interview. The committee will recommend for endorsement only those candidates who demonstrate potential to be Marshall Scholars.

Step 3: National Deadline: September

Endorsed applicants must submit all revised application materials through the Marshall application portal, and recommenders must submit all letters of recommendation either directly to the portal or by email to, by this deadline.

UREP will submit your complete application, along with an official University Endorsement Letter and transcripts to a regional selection committee. Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview in November. UREP will coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview. The final selection will be announced shortly after the Marshall interview.

More Information

More information about the Marshall Scholarship, including application tips and samples, is available on our Fellowships Resource Site.

For official information on the Marshall Scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to the online application, please visit the Marshall Scholarship website.

Related awards:

Mitchell Scholarship; Rhodes Scholarship; Fulbright U.S. Student ProgramSchwarzman Scholars

Last updated: April 2024


  • August 1, 2024 

    campus deadline
    Contact UREP for more information

Fields of Study:

  • Any Field

Program Type:

  • Funded Graduate Program
  • Study
  • Travel

Program Length:

  • Multi-year

Degree Level:

  • Post UG
  • Graduate


  • United Kingdom


  • US Citizen/National