Is it for you?
The Marshall Scholarship funds graduate study at any university in the U.K. in any field of study. As future leaders, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments, and their institutions. The scholarship provides university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the U.S., and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.
What are the key dates?
Information Sessions: TBD for 2021 (normally early February)
JHU Campus Deadline: TBD for 2021 (normally mid- to late February) – pre-application due
Are you eligible?
To be eligible for a 2021 Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:
- be citizens of the U.S. at the time they apply for a scholarship.
- hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. by the time they take up their scholarship.
- have obtained an undergraduate grade point average of not less than 3.75.
- have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2018. You can apply for a Marshall up to two years after finishing your Bachelors; you can begin a Marshall up to three years after your Bachelors.
- not have studied for or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.
How do you work with the NFP?
To apply for the Marshall, JHU nomination is required. Candidates must go through a campus pre-selection process that begins in February of the application year. This overview explains the process and includes a detailed timeline. Please read the overview before completing the pre-application to understand the big picture of our UK Scholarships application process. By the February campus deadline, all candidates must complete a pre-application form, using the accompanying pre-application instructions. Contact Dr. Miller with any questions. We closely advise candidates on all parts of the application, including facilitating individual feedback sessions with faculty.
The timeline gives an overview of the application process. Your first step is to attend a live U.K. Scholarships info session. In preparation, check out the resources below to learn about the Marshall.
|early February||Attend an info session|
|mid-February||Submit pre-application materials|
|March||Interview with campus committee|
|April||Attend writing workshops|
|late May-June||Participate in junto meetings & CV workshops|
|June-September||Meet deadlines for written materials|
|late September||Meet official Marshall deadline|
Are you competitive?
The Marshall Scholarship committee awards up to 50 scholarships each year. The components of the application, listed below, are intended to capture and reflect each applicant’s academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential – three equally weighted categories in the selection process. Selection decisions are based on the following criteria:
- Academic record: The Marshall requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.75. Students should excel in their chosen field and have “a broad outlook.”
- Personal Statement: This essay of no more than 1,000 words should give the committee a clear sense of who you are, how your interests have developed, and how and why study in the U.K. fits into your future plans.
- Proposed program of study: This essay of no more than 500 words should describe which degree program you plan to pursue in the U.K. and why. The Marshall asks for both a first and second choice institution and at least one of those choices cannot be Cambridge, the London School of Economics, or Oxford. You should be able to describe specific courses, faculty, and facilities available at the university you choose, and you should explain how the particular degree you have chosen will advance you along your career path.
- Ambassadorial Potential: This essay demands that you do two things. The first task is to address the “U.S.-U.K. special relationship” in high-level (meaning historical and supra-individual), but specific terms. Typically you get at this by finding some link between your academic/professional interests and the U.K. or between those interests and the U.S.-U.K. relationship. The second task is to insert yourself into this history by explaining how as Marshall Scholar you will act to strengthen U.S.-U.K. ties not only while you are in the U.K., but also when back in the U.S. It’s important that you state what you will do (including specific actions, such as join an academic society in the U.K. focused on your issue and then propose to open a chapter once back in the U.S.), and not just cast yourself as a beneficiary of the U.S.-U.K. relationship.
- Essay on Post-Scholarship Plan: This essay (located in the “Post Scholarship” section) aims to gauge what you will do academically/professionally immediately following your Marshall scholarship as well as in the longer term. In other words, it combines your immediate post-Marshall plans with a brief statement about future career aims. Please note that it is the shortest essay in the application—300 words—thus your writing must be particularly concise.
- Essay on Leadership: This essay aims to elicit more specific evidence of your leadership; the scholarship seeks to fund the U.S.’s “future leaders.” Your task is to show the reader what type of leader you are through one example of your leadership in an organization, club, lab, class, team, job, etc.
- Four letters of recommendation: At least two should be from professors who have taught you at the undergraduate level. Your professors should be able to compare you to other students they have taught and to describe your readiness to pursue the U.K. degree program you have chosen. One letter must focus on your leadership experience and potential.
Have a closer look:
Visit the Official Website
Explore JHU and NFP Resources
All applicants nominated by JHU’s campus committee are enrolled in our GRMMC Blackboard site, which contains a wealth of information and resources about the application process.
Hear from JHU Recipients
Read Sample Essays
A portfolio of previous applications is available starting in May. To view it, inquire at the Study Abroad Office in Levering Hall 04B, during regular walk-in hours (2:00-3:30pm, M-F). You must remain in the Study Abroad Office while viewing the portfolio and may not digitally reproduce any included materials.