Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships support U.S. students in any field to study at the graduate level at a United Kingdom institution.  Marshall Scholars are expected to become leaders in their disciplines and to strengthen the “unique relationship” that exists between the U.S. and the U.K.

To be eligible for a 2019 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 ie September 2019) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • have obtained a 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). We do not accept rounded GPA's.
  • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2016.
  • 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.

Marshall Selection Criteria

The Marshall selection committees 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.

The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:

  • Quality of Proposed Graduate Program of Study
  • Knowledge of Proposed Courses and Supervisors
  • Evidence of Academic Background that is Strong and Relevant
  • Quality and Breadth of Recommendations
  • Ability to Deliver Results
  • Strength of Purpose
  • Creativity
  • Self -Awareness
  • Knowledge of US/UK Relations
  • Evidence of Transferable Extra-curricular Activities
  • Interpersonal Skills and Ability to Engage with Others
  • Self-confidence and ability to Seize Opportunities

For more information please see selection criteria

The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission promotes an equal opportunities policy. Scholarship awards are based on merit following a fair and transparent selection process. The Marshall Commission seeks and recruits students from all backgrounds.

Year of Application
Senior or Graduate
Pre-Application Process
Applicants must complete and submit the pre-application by the Campus Deadline and be endorsed by the CMU Marshall Review Committee and the National Scholarship Program.    
Application Process
Once endorsed as the CMU nominee, the National Scholarship program will provide assistance in the completion of the application and is responsible for submitting the online application.  Along with the online application, four letters of recommendation and academic transcripts are required.

Application Deadlines
For campus and national deadlines, click here.

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CMU Contacts

  • Maureen Harke, Ph.D. - Associate Director, National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,
  • Nicole Sparling-Barco, Ph.D., - Director of University Honors and the National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,