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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; students must be nominated by the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF).  Please see this page for application instructions for 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

  • Registered applicants will receive access to the U-M Canvas Site for updates and announcements regarding the Marshall Scholarship application process. 

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) Three letters of recommendation from faculty or work/internship/research supervisors sent directly to ONSF at OR by using the link below. 

  • Prior to requesting letters of recommendation, you must fill out the ONSF Waiver Form.  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 submitted via the Letter of Recommendation Form.
  • 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 course instructor and academic mentor); 
    • a second academic recommendation must come from an instructor who can speak to the applicant's qualifications for the proposed UK graduate programs; 
    • one recommendation must primarily address the applicant’s leadership and ambassadorial potential and may come from a non-academic letter writer (e.g. internship or volunteer supervisor); 
    • at least two of the recommenders should be from the United States.
  • Advice for Marshall Letters Writers

Note: U-M Applicants should also complete and submit a Class Ranking Request Form as part of their complete U-M Application. Please email for details.

U-M Nomination

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.