The Marshall Scholarship – 2020-2021


Marshall Scholarship is one of the prestigious scholarships which are awarded to the students of USA to study in UK. Marshall Scholarships is a gateway to strengthen the relationships of UK and USA and the students awarded the Marshall Scholarships serve as ambassadors and future leaders who will play a strong role in developing the relations between two nations.

The students who wish to pursue their postgraduate studies in the UK are provided with this opportunity by Marshall Scholarship. Each year, up to 40 students are selected by the Marshall Scholarship at graduate level to pursue their studies in the best institutions of UK. Partnership scholars with particular universities of UK are also included in the awards by Marshall Scholarships. Scholarships for both one year and two years are available.

Background of Marshall Scholarships:

British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden announced the plan to establish ‘Marshall Scholarships’ as a living memorial to Secretary of State George Marshall on 31st July 1952. Plans were enacted in 1953 by the Parliament of the United Kingdom when the Marshall Aid Commemoration Act was passed.

The authors of the proposal initially thought of partnering with the Rhodes scholarship and also of selecting the same selection committee. But since the proponents believed women and married men under28 should be given a chance (at that time, Rhodes was only available to single men under 25), the idea of partnering with Rhodes was disregarded.

Eligibility Criteria for The Marshall Scholarships:

The students wishing to apply for the Marshall Scholarship should check the following eligible criteria to check their eligibility status.

  • At the time of scholarship, the applicant should be a citizen of United States Of America
  • Applicants should have their 4 year first undergraduate degree by a 4 year college or university in the United States at the time of receiving the Marshall Award by September 2021.
  • Applicants must have obtained GPA not less than 3.7 in his or her undergraduate degree. A 3.7 grade point is also required at the time of application. Rounded GPA’s are not selected by the Marshall Scholarship
  • Applicants must have graduated after April 2018 from their first undergraduate college or university
  • Applicant should not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University or GCSE or A Levels taken at school in the UK

‘’DEGREES NOT FUNDED UNDER THE MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP’’

  • Second BA/BSc (undergraduate) Degrees
  • MBA ( in any university)
  • MPhil Development Studies (in University of Oxford)
  • MSc/MFE Financial Economics (in any university)
  • MSc Global Health Science and Epidemiology (Oxford university)
  • MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine (in University of Oxford)
  • MSc Law and Finance (in University of Oxford)
  • MPP (Public Policy) (in University of Oxford)
  • Degrees leading to professional qualifications in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law (degrees like these take 5 years to complete typically)
  • Degrees whose requirement includes extended periods away from the University or the UK, including joint degrees with Universities not in the UK
  • PGDip/Certificates in any subject
  • Distance Learning Degrees
  • Supervised research not leading to a degree qualification
  • One year Marshall Scholarship candidates are required to be registered for degrees that are 12 months in duration. Courses will not be funded in one year scholarships which have time spam of 10 months or less, i.e. where the course ends before August. Please check the university websites carefully for the duration of the degree in months. There are no exceptions to this regulation given by the committee.

Value of The Marshall Scholarship:

The total value of the Marshall Scholarship depends on circumstances like area of residence and university in which the candidate is studying but the approximate figure is around £30,000 a year.

This amount includes

  • A personal allowance that covers cover residence and cost of living expenses at a rate of £1,065 per month
  • Payment of tuition fees
  • Travel fares to and from the United States
  • Claimable allowances, totaling approximately £3,300, including:
  • A grant for books
  • A grant for approved travel in connection with studies
  • Payment of expenses needed for travel between place of residence and place of study, provided the distance between the two is reasonable
  • A grant is also granted if required for the cost of preparation of any thesis submitted for examination
  • Shipping of property to and from the United States

Deadline To Apply For Marshall Scholarship:

Applications for 2021 would be open in spring 2020. Applicants can apply for the Marshall Scholarships 2021 by visiting their official page by 25 September 2020 .

Final submission of the application including the three letters of recommendation and letter of endorsement must be submitted online by 30-September-2020

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