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 The Marshall scholarship was established by the British government in 1953 as an expression of gratitude to the United States for economic aid under the Marshall Plan after World War II. It is awarded annually to up to 40 U. S. citizens for study at any of Britain’s universities. The selectors look for candidates of high ability and wide interests who plan to take up careers in higher education, commerce, industry, the arts and professions, and public life. Students may apply for either 1 year or  2 year Marshall Scholarships.

Selection for Marshall Scholarships is highly competitive and the university has a limit to how many candidates can receive offficial endorsement to enter the competition. As a result, a prescreening process is required of all potential applicants.

The CUA deadline for the 2019-2020 Marshall Scholarship Competition is 27 August 2018.
In order to be eligible for a Marshall Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:
  • U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Have completed undergraduate degree after April 2013. 
  • Have obtained an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University. Participation in a study abroad program does not preclude students from applying.
  • A complete list of rules for One Year and Two Year Marshall Scholarship applicants can be found here.
Selection Criteria
  • The Marshall selection committees 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. For more information about these criteria, please see the Marshall Website.
  • They will also look for adequate preparation for the proposed course of study, particularly in the upper-level course work and real strength in the major field.
  • Applicants will be required to present a cogent argument as to why their studies and proposed career would be best served by spending two years at a British university or one year if they are applying for the one year Marshall Scholarship.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who combine high academic ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of the United Kingdom university to which they go, and to those who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society.
For more detailed information, please visit the Marshall Scholarship website.


When should you start thinking about the Marshall? End of Sophomore or beginning of Junior year at CUA.

When should you begin the application? Spring of your Junior year. 

2019-2020 Competition Timeline

  • 7 April 2018: CUA Pre-application Deadline
  • Late May 2018: Application available online
  • 27 August 2018: Marshall Scholarship CUA Campus Deadline
  • Mid-September 2018: On Campus Interviews
  • October 1, 2018 5pm (in the time zone of your endorsing institution): Marshall Scholarship National Application Deadline

For More Information

For more information, please contact Sarah Taylor, Fellowships Coordinator (