*All information taken from the Marshall Scholarship website

Internal Application: The Marshall Scholarship requires institutional nomination. Schedule a meeting with Sally Phelps to discuss a potential application (see schedule below).

Before completing the application candidates are advised to consider the objectives of the Marshall Scholarship Programme (see opening paragraph of the Rules for Candidates); the evaluation Criteria and to be aware that the selection committees are seeking candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding.

Program Description:

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level for 1year at an UK institution in any field of study.

Objectives of the programme:

  • To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country's future leaders, to study in the UK. 
  • To help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
  • To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain's centers of academic excellence. 
  • To motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding. 
  • To promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each Scholar.


To be eligible for a Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
  • (by the time they take up their scholarship) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • Have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree. (Exceptions will be considered only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college.)
  • Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.

Award Benefit

University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

Selection Criteria

In appointing Scholars the selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential. The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:

Olin Specific Application Process

September of your Junior Year

Tell the Scholarship and Fellowship Advisor you plan to apply for the award.  Work  on your application. 

March of your Junior Year

Submit first draft of your Marshall application to the Fellowship advisor.   The Olin committee will then determine if they are willing to nominate you as a candidate. Bear in mind this scholarship process is the equivalent of taking another course. 

May of your Junior Year

Submit another version of your application to the Scholarship Committee.

Summer – May-August

Revisions of your application and essays, compile a solid application.

Late August

Campus Deadline for your Marshall Application – includes letters of recommendation sent to Scholarship Advisor (2 copies – 1 readable, one signed and sealed.)

Early September

Interview with Olin Marshall Committee to discuss application and offer final advice on application

Early September

Olin Marshall Committee will write an endorsement letter for candidate


Submit your application online.  Scholarship Advisor will mail your letters of recommendation and academic transcript (official) to the Commission.

Early October

Mock Interview with 4-6 faculty members

First 2 weeks of November

Find out if you are invited for an interview -

End of November

Learn if you have been awarded the Marshall. 

Information on the actual application process can be found on the Marshall Scholarship website.  The official application deadline is usually around October 1st.