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
- 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.
- 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
Applications must be endorsed by CURF. In order to obtain that endorsement, applicants need to be in touch with Cheryl Shipman, Fellowship Coordinator, and submit a complete application by September 13, 2013. (Recommendations do not need to be submitted at this time.) Given the constraints of the Marshall 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 on-line by October 1, 2013. (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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