Office of External & Competitive Scholarship Advisement

Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.

About the Marshall Scholarships

Each year, up to 40 Marshall scholars are selected to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.


To be eligible for a 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) 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 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree. (Exceptions will be considered only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college.)
  • Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.

Degrees not funded under the Marshall Scholarship

  • Second BA/BSc (undergraduate) Degrees
  • MBA
  • MPhil Development Studies (University of Oxford)
  • MSc/MFE Financial Economics
  • MSc Global Health Science (University of Oxford)
  • MPP (Public Policy) (University of Oxford)
  • Degrees leading to professional qualifications in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law (these degrees typically take 5 years to complete)
  • Degrees that require extended periods away from the University or the UK, including joint degrees with Universities not in the UK
  • Supervised research not leading to a degree qualification
  • One-year Marshall Scholarship candidates must be registered for degrees that are 12 months in duration. Courses that run for 10 months or less, ie where the course ends before August will not be funded on the one year Scholarship. Please check the university websites carefully for the duration of the degree in months. There are no exceptions to this regulation.