Amherst internal deadline: August 28, 2019 - noon

Before you start, read this Marshall overview. See Application Advice for general tips on fellowship applications, advice about seeking recommendations, and examples of essays by winning candidates and finalists.

Application Components

The Marshall online application includes information you enter, essays you copy and paste into the application, and letters you request from recommenders. You must also upload scans of official transcripts. All online components are due by the deadline above. The application opens in May. You can enter information and return to it, saving as you go. Start early and proofread regularly! When you submit your application by the internal deadline, it will not go to Marshall. It will instead go to a section in the portal where your fellowships advisor can access it. Open a Marshall Scholarship application.

Information you enter:

Fields include biographical information, education history, proposed courses of study, paid/unpaid employment experience, publications; personal interests/activities, lists of extracurricular activities, travel history, languages, and awards. You will not be able to simply upload a resume. Candidates will be asked in what region of the US they wish to apply, which may be either the region of their permanent address or the region of the College. Choose the place that will be most convenient for you for the Marshall interview, should you be selected as a finalist. You will also enter the names and contact information of recommenders. You will be asked if you wish to waive your right to view recommendation letters. Amherst candidates wishing to be considered for endorsement must waive their right to see the recommendations.


A Post Scholarship Plan (300 words) describing your immediate plans upon completion of your Marshall Scholarshp and why two years spent undertaking a degree in the UK would enhance these plans. As well as describing your plans for employment or further study, you should indicate how you would develop ongoing connections with the UK, through your UK institution or some other contacts you propose to make while in the UK. Please also include a brief statement of your future (long-term) career plans.

A personal statement (1,000 words) describing your intellectual development, and other interests and pursuits. To generate ideas for writing this personal statement, read Reflection Questions for Personal Statements.

A Proposed Academic Programme (500 words) describing your proposed academic program, giving reasons for choice of course(s) and preferred university(ies). For research degrees, candidates should give an outline proposal of the research they wish to undertake and with whom they would like to work; candidates should also include a brief outline of why they have chosen their second choice courses and institutions. Note that applicants will need to indicate 1st & 2nd choices for the first and second years of study. 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. Marshall offers guidance on choosing universities here. Also consult UK institutions ranked by subject (you can find an accessible spreadsheet version of UK institutions ranked by subject here), and the Russell Group website.

A Leadership essay (500 words) describing a situation in which you were working with a group of people and recognized and responded to a need for leadership. The example might emphasize some of the following characteristics: a) it delivered a real and concrete outcome, or evidence of demonstrable progress; b) it showed your strong conviction and determination; c) the solution was innovative. The objective is to help the committee understand your leadership conviction and drive, style and potential, rather than to provide a list of achievements. See the Marshall understanding of leadership potential.

An Ambassadorial Potential essay (500 words)  explaining why you want to undertake your studies in the UK, and in what particular ways you think that you will benefit personally and professionally from the experience? Discuss how work in your field of study (including your own research) can enhance the USA-UK relationship. Further, explain what you might do to contribute to improved relations in this area now and following the scholarship. See the Marshall understanding of ambassadorial potential.



Investigate universities and programs; decide on 1st & 2nd choices for both years

Read a range of Past Winning Marshall Applications on our website under Application Advice

Reach out to recommenders to see if they are willing to write for you

Register and begin entering information into the Marshall online application system


Send your Proposed Academic Program & Leadership Essay to Christine for feedback


Revise above essays, and send Ambassadorial Essay & Post Scholarship Plan for feedback


Continue revising above essays, and send Personal Statement for feedback

By AUG 29th

Proofread your final essays by printing them and reading each line out loud while you walk around the room. Correct any errors. Then proofread again (same way). Copy and paste into Marshall application

Documents you request:

Recommendation letters from four individuals, at least two of whom must be faculty. The first recommender - designated as the Preferred Recommender - shall have supervised your college academic work (thesis advisor). One recommender, whom you will enter as your fourth recommender (need not be a faculty member), should primarily address your leadership and ambassadorial potential. At least three of your recommenders must be from the US. Recommenders will receive an email in response to your "inviting" them in the Embark application. Contact them separately early in the summer to ask whether they are willing to recommend you and to discuss your plans, and enter their names in your application portal, but don't send the email request until the 1st of August. Please read the Advice for Candidates on our Recommendations page. Ask your recommenders to read the information on our Marshall Overview page.

Transcripts (official) from Amherst as well as all study abroad or transfer institutions. Scan both the front and back of official transcripts and upload to your online application by the internal deadline. If you are named a finalist, we will need to mail hard copies of your transcripts to the interview region. Therefore, be sure you have hard copies on hand so they are ready to send immediately upon notification.

Questions? Please contact:
Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall, 413-542-2536,
Carter McClintock, Fellowships Specialist
213 Converse Hall, 413-542-5079,                                  
Mailing address: Office of Fellowships, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002; Fax: 413-542-8555