Marshall Scholarship

Funds two years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom.

Read more about UChicago's 2019 Marshall Scholar - Sarah Nakasone - here.

Read more about UChicago's two 2018 Marshall Scholars - Pradnya Narkhede and Valerie Gutmann - here.

The Marshall Scholarships fund one or two to three years of study in any field, leading to the receipt of a UK university degree. The scholarship includes tuition, fees, travel expenses and a stipend. It may be used at any university in the United Kingdom at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Most applications are made for the standard two-year Marshall Scholarship. The one-year program is directed to students with firm professional or academic plans upon return to the US. Selected degree program must be longer than 10 months. (None of the MSt programs at Oxford are eligible for the one year scholarship.) Students may apply to EITHER the Marshall two year or one year, but NOT both.

Deadline Information

2021 Campus Deadline for University Endorsement: Monday, May 17, 2021

TBD 2021 National Deadline (5:00 pm CST): Friday, October 1, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
  • (by the time they take up their scholarship in September 2021) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • have obtained a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree.  (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application). NOTE: A 3.7 cumulative GPA is the national cutoff established by the Marshall Commission. It does not accept rounded GPA's.
  • meet the age and date of graduation restrications as detailed in the eligibility section of the Marshall website
  • 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.

Candidates should also carefully consider the Marshall Scholarship objectives laid out as follows: 

  • To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the UK.
  • To help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
  • To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain’s centres of academic excellence.
  • To motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding.
  • To promote the personal and academic fulfilment of each Scholar.

In appointing Scholars the Selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as Scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential. 

Candidates should also carefully review Marshall's assessment criteria available here:

Application Process

Current University of Chicago undergrauate students and alumni must seek nomination by the College UK/IRE Scholarships Endorsement Committee.

Complete application instructions and further guidance is available on the UK/Ireland Scholarship Campus Application page.

Materials received after the stated campus endorsement deadline will not be accepted.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Nichole Fazio