Purpose: An award by the British government as a means of expressing appreciation of the aid given to the British by the United States under the Marshall Plan. The award funds a US citizen to study at a British University for two years. These scholars are seen as potential leaders and decision-makers in the US. This award gives scholars a first-hand opportunity to gain a lasting understanding and appreciation of British values and way of life. It also serves to strengthen the enduring relationship between the US and the UK.

Eligibility: Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7 and must apply within two years of graduating from their undergraduate college or university. Marshall Scholars are required to take a degree at a British university. They are also expected to spend some of their vacation time in the United Kingdom. Minimum qualification for application is an A- (or 3.7 on a 4.0 scale).

Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship.

Award amount and conditions: 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. There is the possibility of an extension into a third year.

Number offered: 40 per year. Amherst can nominate as many candidates as deemed eligible.  A limited number of One Year Marshall Scholarships are available.  These Scholarships are for one academic year (i.e. 12 months) and cannot be extended.

Deadline: Preliminary applications are due in the Office of Fellowships early in September (see Deadlines and Events.) These include a personal statement, short academic proposal, and two letters of recommendation.

Application materials: Preliminary application forms are available on this website in late spring of the year you plan to apply (see How to Apply). Please contact us for complete details and winning examples.

Marshall Preliminary Application

Official website address: www.marshallscholarship.org

NIH Marshall Scholarships
Jointly funded by the Marshall Commission and the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, these Scholarships support research specifically in the subject areas of bioscience, medicine and related disciplines with a predominant application in bioscience. Applicants may study at any appropriate UK Institution.  To be eligible for the NIH Marshall Scholarship, 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.

For more information:

Denise Gagnon
Director of Fellowship Advising
413-542-2536 Fax: 413-542-8555
The Office is located in
212 Converse Hall.

The mailing address is:
Office of Fellowships
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002

Converse Hall

Office of Fellowships
213 Converse Hall
Amherst College
Amherst, MA  01002

Fax. 413-542-8555

Denise Murphy Gagnon
Director of Fellowship Advising

Suzanne Fogel Spencer
Fellowships Coordinator