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Marshall Scholarship

Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honor of US Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Scholarship commemorates the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.  Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.  The scholarship provides full cost of attendance for 1-2 years of graduate study.  Scholars typically pursue one or two 1-year or 2-year Master’s degrees.  Scholars are selected for their academic meritleadership potential, and ambassadorial potential.

Institutional Endorsement: Current U-M students must be nominated by the U-M Provost’s Office.  Please see this page for application instructions for endorsement.  Graduates and graduate students are not required to seek institutional endorsement.

U-M Nomination Deadline: Fourth Monday of August by 12 noon  Application Timeline

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships/Fellowships

Eligibility:

  • A citizen of the United States at time of application.

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree by September in the first year of the scholarship.

  • Must not have studied for or hold a degree from a British University

  • Must have received undergraduate degree within two years.

  • Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1st in the year follow election.

  • Minimum 3.7 undergraduate GPA. Most successful applicants have very strong academic records as well as research, service, and leadership accomplishments.

  • Please see the Marshall website for detailed description of their rules and selection criteria.

Application Instructions:

  • Contact Henry Dyson in the LSA Honors Program to register as an applicant for U-M nomination.  

  • Applicants should submit each of the following to Henry Dyson by 12 noon on the last Monday of August:

    • Complete and submit the online application in Embark.  The application will be submitted to Henry Dyson for nomination consideration.  The online application will include a personal statement, academic proposal, and description of a specific example of the candidate’s leadership potential.  Applicants are encouraged to work closely with Henry Dyson or another member of the Provost’s council on selecting an academic program and the topics for these essays.

    • Four letters of recommendation from faculty or work/internship/research supervisors sent directly to Henry Dyson at onsf.applications@umich.edu.  Applicants are encouraged to work closely with Henry Dyson or another member of the Provost’s Council in selecting these recommenders.

      • The first of these should be designated as the Preferred Recommender and should have supervised the applicant’s college or university training (e.g. an Honors thesis advisor, research supervisor, or academic mentor).  

      • At least two of these recommendations must come from academics in the applicant’s proposed field of study.  

      • At least three of the recommenders should be from the United States.  

      • One recommendation may primarily address the applicant’s leadership and ambassadorial potential.  

  • Top candidates for U-M endorsement will be invited to interview with the U-M Rhodes and Marshall Nomination Committee in early September.  Candidates selected for endorsement will work with Henry Dyson to complete the final application before the October 1st national deadline.