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Marshall Scholarship

This program requires university review and endorsement.

Intent to Apply Deadline: May 15
  Campus Endorsement Deadline: August 1

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 forty Scholars are selected each year. Marshall Scholars receive funding for up to three years of study leading to a degree in any field of study 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.

University endorsement is required.
The university will only endorse those candidates with strong potential to become Marshall Scholars, determined through a competitive campus process.

Who are they looking for?

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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.7
  • 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

If you are interested in learning more about the Marshall Scholarship, be sure to check our events page for UK Awards Information Sessions - or - complete an advising request form to speak with a fellowships advisor.

Students planning to apply for university endorsement in an upcoming or current cycle should submit an Intent to Apply form as early as possible. Additional details below.

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.

  • 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 any steps you can take now 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.

  • 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. 

  • Endorsed Applicant Deadline: September 28
    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 their website.

Last updated: April 2021

Related awards:
Mitchell Scholarship; Rhodes Scholarship; Fulbright U.S. Student Program; Schwarzman Scholars

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United Kingdom

Program Type:

  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • One to Two Years


  • August 1 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Degree Level:

  • Post UG
  • Graduate

GPA Cut Off:

  • 3.7


  • University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the US and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.