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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 the 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 merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential.

Institutional Endorsement: The Marshall Scholarship does not accept direct applications from current U-M students; current students must be nominated by the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF).  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, Director, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships


  • A citizen of the United States at time of application (non-US citizens may want to apply for the Chevening or Commonwealth Scholarships)
  • 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 an undergraduate degree within two years
  • Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1st in the year following election
  • Minimum of undergraduate GPA of 3.7 – Most successful applicants have very strong academic records as well as accomplishments in the areas of research, service, and leadership.

Please refer to the Marshall website for a detailed description of their rules and selection criteria

Application Instructions:

Register as an applicant for a U-M nomination by first contacting Henry Dyson

Applicants should submit each of the following to by noon on the last Monday of August:

1) 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 on selecting an academic program and the topics for these essays.

2) Four letters of recommendation from faculty or work/internship/research supervisors sent directly to ONSF at  

  • Prior to requesting letters of recommendation, you must fill out the ONSF Waiver Form, found here, and submit directly to us at  You will then fill out the FERPA Release for Letter Writers and submit that form to your letter writers when asking them to write a letter of recommendation for you.  Please advise your recommenders that their letters of recommendation should be entitled "StudentLastName_StudentFirstName_AdvisorLastName" and emailed directly to ONSF at with "Marshall Recommendation" in the subject line.
  • Applicants are encouraged to work closely with Henry Dyson 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; and 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 institutional endorsement will work with Henry Dyson to complete the final application prior to the national deadline.