What is the Marshall Scholarship?
September 1, 2023 at 12:00 PM
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The Marshall Scholarships fund one to two years of study in any field at one or more British universities, with up to 50 awards offered each year. Grantees may pursue two successive one-year master’s programs, one two-year master’s program, or the first two years of a PhD (with the possibility of a third year extension). Applicants intending to study for only one year should be able to justify why the shorter stay is necessary to their future goals. If if they intend to follow the Marshall year in medical or law school, they should have already applied before matriculating at a UK university. If the first choice institution in either or both years is Cambridge, ICL, KCL, LSE, Oxford, or UCL, none of these universities may be named as a second choice for either year.
For candidates in bioscience, medicine and related disciplines, there is a special category of awards funded jointly by the Marshall Commission and the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, called the NIH Marshall Scholarships. To be eligible, applicants must first be selected as Marshall Scholars, applying in the usual way. Any Marshall Scholar who is selected for research in a bio-medical/science field can be put forward to the NIH for consideration.
Marshall Scholars (awardees) who are pursuing a three-year PhD at Cambridge or Oxford may apply for additional Partnership Marshall Scholarships which will fund the third year of the PhD (of which the Marshall only funds two). The application for these takes place in the first year of a Marshall awardee's course of study but the intention to apply should be mentioned in the Marshall application. In addition to the third year funding offered by the Commission, extensions may be granted by the universities of Oxford or Cambridge to those pursuing a doctorate there.
The Marshall program offers this recorded information workshop for prospective candidates.