Marshall Scholarship

Information Session: Global Grad Scholarships Week - March 5-8, 2024

Campus Deadline: August 2024 TBD

Fields of Study: Open

Funding for: 1-3 years of graduate study at a univeristy in the United Kingdom

Begin Application: junior or senior year, recent grad or graduate student



The Marshall Scholarships finance up to 40 independent, wide-ranging students who have outstanding leadership potential and who wish to study for a graduate degree at any institution in the United Kingdom. The program seeks to encourage applicants’ personal and intellectual growth by fostering their understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain, its relationship with the United States, and its role on the world stage.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen (dual citizens are eligibile, but must have resided primarily in the U.S. before starting their undergrad degree)
  • GPA: 3.7/4.0 or higher
  • Must not have studied for, nor hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification, from a British university
  • Must hold first undergrad degree by September of the grant year

Candidate Profile

  • Intellectual distinction, strong motivation, and a mature character
  • Rationale for pursuing your chosen program of study at a particular university in the U.K.
  • Preparedness for rigorous, independent graduate study
  • Potential to make a significant contribution to society and to one’s field of study
  • Demonstrated leadership and community involvement that denotes courage, self-awareness, strength of purpose, creativity, and the ability to deliver results
  • Desire to act as a U.S. cultural ambassador to the U.K. and to understand the "special relationship" between the U.K. and U.S.

Application Components

  • Online application, including 5 short written components:
    • 750 word Personal Statement
    • 150 word Post-Scholarship Plan essay
    • 500 word Proposed Academic Programme essay
    • 500 word Leadership essay
    • 500 word Ambassador Potential Essay
  • Certified transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation 
    • one preferred recommender (this is your primary academic mentor)
    • one general (should be academic) recommender
    • one focused on leadership

Application Procedure

All applicants MUST be nominated by their college or university. As such, Purdue applicants are reviewed by an internal committee who will identify nominees.

Detailed campus application information is provided directly to applicants once they declare their intention to apply.