The Marshall Scholarships for International Masters students to study in the UK 2022/2023

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The Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.

Furthermore, up to 50 young Americans are selected each year to study for a graduate degree at a UK university, in any field of study.

Aims of Marshall Scholarships for International Masters students

  • Firstly, Marshall Scholarship Program aims to Help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain’s centers of academic excellence.
  • Motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding.
  • Promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each Scholar.
  • Master’s degree in any subject, except the following courses:
  • MBA (any university)
  • MPhil Development Studies (the University of Oxford only)
  • MSc/MFE Financial Economics (any university)
  • MSc Global Health Science and Epidemiology (the University of Oxford only)
  • MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine (the University of Oxford only)
  • MSc Law and Finance (the University of Oxford only)
  • MPP (Public Policy) (the University of Oxford only)
  • PG Diplomas/Certificates in any subject (any university)
  • Degrees leading to professional qualifications in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law (these degrees typically take 5 years to complete)
  • Degrees that require extended periods away from the University or the UK, including joint degrees with Universities not in the UK
  • Distance Learning Degrees
  • Supervised research not leading to a degree qualification.

Worth of the Marshall Scholarships for International Masters students

  • The scholarship covers university fees,
  • Cost of living expenses, annual book grant,
  • Thesis grant, research
  • Daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States
  • Where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.
  • The total value of a Marshall Scholarship varies according to the circumstances (place of residence, selected university, etc.) of each Scholar but the figure tends on average to be about £38,000 a year.

The Two Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for 2 academic years but may be extended by the commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year.
Meanwhile, the third-year extensions are granted by the Commission on a limited basis, for strong academic reasons, subject to the availability of funds.

In addition to the third year offered by the Commission:

  • Extensions up to 3 third-year may be granted by the University of Oxford to those pursuing a doctorate at Oxford.
  • Also, Up to 2 third-year extensions may be granted by the Cambridge Trust to those pursuing a doctorate at the University of Cambridge.

More so, the One Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for 1 academic year and cannot be extended. It is possible to undertake 2 one-year Masters’s Degrees.

For a 1-year programme, it will be necessary for the applicant to consider what course of study might be undertaken in the second year. This could be another 1-year degree either at the same institution or at a different UK university or perhaps a research degree.


  • Firstly, applicants must be United States citizens who, at the time they take up their Scholarship, hold a first degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7.
  • Also, To qualify for awards tenable from October 2022, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2019.
  • Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship.
  • In addition, the Selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.
  • You are only allowed to apply for either the 1 year or the 2 years Marshall Scholarship.

Any candidate found applying for both will automatically be disqualified.

How to apply for the Marshall Scholarships for International Masters students

  • Applications are made in 1 of 8 regions in the United States. See the official website for the appropriate regional centre the applicant should apply.
  • Candidates may apply in 1 region only – either that in which they have their permanent home address or ordinary place of residence/employment, or that in which they are studying.
  • The application closing date is specific to each regional centre, but it generally falls between late September and early October 2022 for studies commencing September/October 2023.
  • Candidates do not need to have applied for or be accepted at a British university before they apply for a Marshall Scholarship.
  • Once a Scholar has been selected, the Commission endeavours to secure placement at the first choice university and course but in the end, the decision to accept a Scholar is with the university and not with the Commission. The Marshall Commission cannot, therefore, guarantee that a Marshall Scholar will be admitted to the University of their choice.
  • In the case of Scholars placed at Oxford or Cambridge, the Commission will identify the College at which a Scholar should seek a place.
  • Lastly, It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Application Deadline: Late Sep/Early Oct 2022

Official Website: Click Here

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