Marshall Scholarship Program


Marshall Scholarships enable young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study for two years either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

The scheme allows the Scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion-formers and decision-makers in their own country, to gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life. It also establishes long-lasting ties between the peoples of Britain and the United States. In appointing Scholars the selectors will look for distinction of intellect and character as evidenced both by their scholastic attainments and by their other activities and achievements.


Applicants must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2016. Competition is open to those with an undergraduate degree from an accredited four year U.S. college or university with the following credentials: a minimum GPA of 3.7 (and higher GPAs are strongly recommended) and the ambition and ability to contribute substantially to knowledge in an academic discipline. 

Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, and for candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society.

In order to apply for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships, students must obtain an institutional endorsement from GW. Because these competitions have many elements in common, GW conducts a single endorsement process for all three. If you would like to learn more about these prestigious scholarship programs, and about the GW endorsement process, please contact us at [email protected].

Length of Award

One or two academic years; may be extended in some cases for a third year.

Amount of Award

The award includes university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.


Scholarships are available for tenure at any university in the U.K. (other preferences or choices are not guaranteed). Proposed plans must be for two years. If the degree proposed is a one-year program it will be necessary for the applicant to consider what course of study might be undertaken in the second year. This could be a year supervised non-degree research or perhaps another one-year degree either at the same institution or at a different UK university.

GW Endorsement Process:

Registration: All students intending to apply for GW endorsement for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarship programs must submit a pre-application questionnaire to the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research.  By completing that questionnaire, applicants for GW endorsement will be sure to receive the advice and support of fellowships center staff.  Prospective applicants must complete the require pre-application questionnaire no later than May 13, 2018.  That pre-application questionnaire is available through CUFR's InfoReady portal.

Draft Essays: Prospective applicants must submit drafts of their Marshall essays by no later than June 10, 2018

GW Endorsement Application: All students seeking endorsement for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell competitions must submit complete applications by Friday, August 17, 2018.

In order to best prepare the eventual endorsees, the GW endorsement application consists of this year's Marshall application requirements:

a. A 2018 Marshall scholarship application form, including five required essays

  • A personal statement of 1000 words or less;
  • Academic Program (500 words); the majority of the essay should focus on your first choice; your alternate should be mentioned.
  • Essay Addressing the Citizen-Ambassordial Qualities; (500 words).
  • Essay detailing a leadership experience; (500 words).
  • Statement of post-scholarship plans, including why a studying in the UK would enhance those plans; (300 words).

b. Four recommendation letters; three of which should be academic, but one of the four letters should speak to the leadership experience or the applicant's ambassadorial qualities.

c. An unofficial GW transcript (from Colonial Central), together with official transcripts from ALL other universities attended.

GW Endorsement Interviews. The GW Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell nomination committee will notify select GW students and alumni submitting complete applications of its desire to interview them. Those interviews take place during half of September.

Further information and support materials (application timelines and checklists, information for recommenders, etc.) are available from the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research.


All GW Marshall candidates are eligible to be considered for the George Washington University J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Scholarship to the University of Oxford and Bender Scholarship to the University of Cambridge.

For more information

Please contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at [email protected].