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The $28,000 Marshall Scholarship is for study at a BRITISH UNIVERSITY, including Oxford and Cambridge. GPA of 3.7 and Smith endorsement required. Begin application in SPRING JUNIOR YEAR.
The British Marshall Scholarships, named for General George C. Marshall, former U.S. Secretary of State, funded by the British Government from 1953, in gratitude to the United States for economic aid under the European Recovery Program (the Marshall Plan) after World War II
Two (minimum) to three years study &/or research in any field at a British university at undergraduate or graduate level leading to the award of a British university degree. BEGIN APPLICATION AS JUNIOR.
The most advantageous time to register for a fellowship is in the spring, starting mid February. Statistics show that those who register earlier fare far better. The deadline to register for the Marshall is the end of August. Petitions to register later may be considered from students who show exceptional promise to be successful in fellowships competitions.
British Masters degrees are recommended as it is customary in the UK that students don't normally go straight into a PhD, but instead complete a Masters which then counts towards the PhD. A strong PhD proposal with a Masters step will be considered. Five-year degrees (e.g. medicine) are unlikely to be supported.
Possible time extensions via university grants to complete a doctorate. THIS IS A TOP FELLOWSHIP NECESSITATING EARLY PREPARATION.
Open to U.S. citizen holding bachelor degree before October 1 at start of first fellowship school year in U.K. but from after April three years prior: e.g. begin fellowship fall 2003, degree conferred after April 2000. A 2003 Marshall Scholar would have applied and been awarded in 2002, i.e. bachelor degree must have been conferred within two years prior to application year.
Minimum 3.7 (A-) GPA. GPA of 3.5+ may be considered if the applicant is outstanding in other respects, e.g. exceptional artist, musician, leader, communicator.
Show potential of proposed British studies to contribute significantly to society, also with demonstrated: Leadership qualities. Communication skills. Excellence in academic achievement.
Up to 40 awards a year covering cost of studying and living in Britain, about $28,000 a year. There are eight U.S. regions, each nominating five scholars, from about 20 finalists invited to interview (i.e. one in four interviewees chosen as scholars = 25% chance). About 950 applicants a year = 4% chance.
Present your proposal to a British university faculty member before the European summer vacation and secure an invitation/encouragement/welcome from an institution to study, research there. Marshall Scholars are allowed to take two one-year Masters courses, even at two different universities. Show suitable undergraduate preparation for intended British graduate studies.
For variations in eligibility criteria, check www.marshallscholarship.org which has interactive application forms that can be completed online then printed. Also includes application rules and guidance.
If your first choice is either Oxford, Cambridge, or London University, then none of these three universities may be your second choice. Consider academic proposals carefully because requests later to change course or institution will be considered only when there are strong academic reasons.
Applicants must have Smith endorsement and can apply in one of eight regions where they legally live or where they study. Smith is in the Boston region comprising Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County).
Email addresses of professors are available.
For Marshall application and interview strategies from past winners, look at the Live to Learn Fellowships Resource link here.
Also see U.K. Universities
3. OTHER DESCRIPTION
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree.
The Scholarships were founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953 and commemorate the humane ideals of the European Recovery Programme (Marshall Plan). They are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and administered by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in the UK (for which the Association of Commonwealth Universities provides the Secretariat) and in the US by the British Embassy in Washington DC and seven regional Consulates-General.
Also see: http://www.smith.edu/fellowships/eligibility.php for further information about eligibility.
WHEN TO BEGIN WHICH BY SCHOOL YEAR
- Juniors Start Application After Spring Break
- See tips on writing an effective resume
- ADD expanded section listing every “public” service, community involvement of any and all kinds.
DOMESTIC & FOREIGN, OR FELLOWSHIPS ABROAD
WHERE IN THE WORLD TO USE
British Fellowship (Universities in the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
GPA AND RELATED MINIMUMS
- Minimum 3.8 (A-), service.
- (Community involvement, contribution to society, leadership or initiative, all count as much as grade level. Fellowships = character, not intellectualism alone.)
U.S. citizens or U.S. citizens holding dual citizenship, including U.S. - U.K. citizenship.
AGE, SCHOOL-YEAR, OTHER RESTRICTIONS
Only graduating seniors or alums who graduated after April two years prior to application year but before October 1 of the scholarship year (the year after the application year), i.e. 3 years prior to the year the scholarship is first used
DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP, AMOUNT OF AWARD
$56,000 estimated for two years: $28,000 per year for up to three years, typically two.
CHANCE OF AWARD: ODDS FOR EACH COMPETITION
- Marshall 4% or 1 in 25
- It is prudent for seniors applying for high-odds fellowships (Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mellon, Mitchell, Rhodes) seriously to consider also applying for the Fulbright which, even though easier to win, carries immense prestige through its high name recognition.
- The Fulbright is an ideal gap year for those planning to go on to graduate school.
- Much material prepared for one fellowship application can be modified to fit another.
- It is recommended that graduating applicants work also with the Career Development Office so that fellowship applications form part of an overall postgraduate planning strategy. Contact them at x2570 or x2582.
0 fellows (+ 2 finalists) out of 5 applicants in the 2 years 2002-2003
COMPETITION CRITERIA IN JUDGING CANDIDATES
How the Foundations Evaluate and Rate Candidates, What They Seek in Candidates & How You are Judged, Plus Other Vital Criteria Considered by the Foundations (PLEASE ALSO CONSULT THE NOTES IN THIS CATEGORY SECTION)
A Marshall Scholar, as the possessor of a keen intellect and a broad outlook, will be thought of as a person who would contribute to the aims which the late General Marshall had in mind when, on June 5, 1947, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he spoke of economic assistance for Europe, and said "An essential part of any successful action on the part of the United States is an understanding on the part of the people of America of the character of the problem and the remedies to be applied. Political passion and prejudice should have no part. With foresight, and a willingness on the part of our people to face up to the vast responsibilities which history has clearly placed upon our country, the difficulties ... can and will be overcome."
In appointing Scholars, the selectors will look for distinction of intellect and character as evidenced both by their scholastic attainments and by their other activities and achievements. Preference will be given to candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, including the presentation of a specific and realistic academic programme.
FORMAL APPLICATION YEAR & TIME OF YEAR
Formal Application Year (Fall Term) Seniors
Early Fall Fellowship (due early October)
J-TERM GRADUATE ELIGIBILITY
- Applications are open to seniors graduating the January following the October that applications are finally due.
- Winners are announced November, December following the October closing date.
- First use of fellowship will be at the beginning of the next British fall semester in the following calendar year.
- Check website &/or email foundation for rule variations, changes before ruling yourself in or out.
REAPPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIPS
Can win only once. Can apply again only after not winning.
Confirm your specific situation directly with sponsoring foundation or fellowship administrators. Marshall Cannot be deferred. The way the funding is set up precludes this.