Marshall Scholarship


Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, Marshall Scholarships offer 1 – 3 years of post-graduate study to young Americans to a pursue a graduate degree in the United Kingdom in almost any field of study. Marshall Scholars receive funding for graduate study, including tuition, stipend and travel expenses. 

For more information, you can view a presentation explaining the basics of the Marshall Scholarship program.


  • U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Senior or recent alumnus/a 
    • First bachelor degree earned no earlier than April two years prior to application
  • 3.7 GPA or higher (3.8 or higher, highly recommended)
  • Demonstrate leadership and ambassadorial potential

Application Materials: 

  • One essay (750 -1000 words) indicating your academic and other relevant interests, including a brief statement matching current academic background to proposed course of study
  • Indication of scholarship(s) for which you wish to be nominated
  • Two letters of recommendation addressed to the campus evaluation committee
  • List of additional letter writers and brief descriptions of the contexts in which you know each
    • 6-8 additional writers for Rhodes
    • 3-5 additional writers for Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Transcript(s)

Application Procedure:

Office Application Deadline - March 21, 2021

Given that the university is required to nominate its candidates, there is an office application deadline and a campus evaluation process. 

To be considered for University nomination, you must submit the materials listed above to our office via InfoReady. Afterward, you will be notified if you’ve been nominated or not. Nominees will spend the summer working with the office on the application materials required by the Marshall Commission.

National Application Deadline - September 28, 2021 

Application materials required by the Marshall Commission must be submitted online by the Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring Office with the accompanying letter of institutional endorsement.

Year at Time of Application: 
Junior, Senior or Beyond, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
No Preference, Graduate Study, International Experience
Office Nomination
Area of Interest: 
Agricultural Sciences, Architecture, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Humanities, Information Technology and Computer Science, International Relations Political Science and Law, Mathematics, Music, Nursing and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics, Visual and Performing Arts
Earliest Application Deadline: 
Jan. – April
Penn-State Sponsored: 
Fellowship Components: 
Graduate School