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The University of Pennsylvania's deadline to apply for endorsement to study in the UK on a Marshall Scholarship beginning in Fall 2015 has closed. Specific dates for next year's application cycle are TBD, but a preliminary timeline is given below.
2015 REQUEST FOR PENN ENDORSEMENT DEADLINE: Summer 2015 (Date TBD. Candidates applying after this date must contact CURF to petition to be considered for endorsement)
INTERNAL PENN DEADLINE (all required materials must be uploaded to the CURF website): Late Summer 2015
The Marshall Scholarships were established by the British government in 1953 to express British gratitude for the European Recovery Program, instituted by General George C. Marshall in 1947 when he served as U.S. Secretary of State. Up to forty scholarships are offered each year, five for each of eight regions into which the U.S. is divided. The scholarship, which pays overseas transportation, all tuition and fees, plus a personal allowance, is tenable at any university in the United Kingdom. It funds two years of study which can, in a few exceptional cases, be renewed for a third year. There is also an option for one year of study for those with obligations which will bring them back to the US early.
Eligibility and Qualifications
- Candidate must be a U.S. citizen by October of application year
- A candidate must have graduated within four years from her or his undergraduate university
- A candidate must have maintained a grade point average of no less than 3.70
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
Applications are entirely electronic and available at http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/apply
- Intellectual distinction
- Potential to become a leader and decision-maker
- Strong motivation and seriousness of purpose
- Outward-looking disposition and an interest in society in general
- Good communication skills
- Potential to promote British-American understanding
The formal application requires:
- Letter of endorsement from Penn
- Outline of proposed studies in the U.K.
- Statement describing academic and other interests and pursuits
- Four letters of recommendation
- Official college transcripts
INFORMATION FOR RECOMMENDERS:
In order to compose the most effective recommendation possible, fellowship recommenders are urged to review the information and suggestions CURF has developed. In addition, your letter should describe what you have observed of the candidate that illustrates the traits and abilities that will lead to academic, personal and professional success.
Recommenders are required to upload a separate letter for each fellowship for which the candidate is applying. While it is not generally necessary to tailor a letter specifically for each fellowship, it is extremely important to refer to the correct fellowship, degree program, and school in each letter (e.g., “I write to recommend [STUDENT NAME] for the Marshall Scholarship to obtain an M.Sc. in Global Health Science at Cambridge University”).
Candidates must participate in Penn’s endorsement process in order to apply. This involves requesting endorsement during the spring or summer prior to your application, and submitting a complete application to CURF by late August/early September (prior to the Marshall Scholarship's external deadline). Given the constraints of the scholarship, it is likely that not all qualified applicants can be endorsed. Discussion of ideas and intent to apply are strongly encouraged even earlier. Final application materials are submitted to Marshall online in early October. Transcripts must be mailed to arrive at regional center by that date.
By early November the selection boards, situated in British consulates in each of the eight regions throughout the U.S., will have met and selected applicants for interviews that are held in early November. The announcement of the Marshall Scholars occurs in early December.
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