From the Marshall website:
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.
As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.
The Two Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (ie 22 months), and it can be made up of two one-year programs at participating higher education institutions in the United Kingdom.
Much can be learned about the Marshall by reading the bios of past years’ scholars.
There are a number of stages in developing a Marshall application. We need to assess your materials and decide whether the Marshall Commission would consider this a plausible application. You then need at least two months to draft your four application essays (your planned course of study, a personal statement, an essay on one aspect of the US-UK relationship, and one on your future plans and how you might integrate into the UK.) Once you have solid drafts, you will need to contact your recommenders and give them sufficient time (6 weeks) to write a recommendation. We then need at least a month to write your letter of institutional endorsement, which will most likely be signed by the Dean of your school. You can see how this process can easily take the whole summer.
We are happy to meet by Skype or talk on the phone in addition to meeting in person.
The Marshall application is the longest application in terms of the actual amount of writing, so we recommend beginning the Marshall before you begin the Mitchell, Rhodes or Gates Cambridge.
Yes. We know that the end of the spring semester can often be hectic, and it’s hard to do this kind of strategizing in the rush of finals. If you realize in May, for example, that you want to apply, please contact our office and we will try to work it out. However, keep in mind that the closer we move to the October deadline, the less time we have to develop your application and the more rushed your letters of recommendation will be. The Schools need at least a month to write your letter of institutional endorsement, which means it is highly unlikely we can endorse your application if you apply as late as mid-August.
No. You do need a letter of institutional endorsement from NYU, and both your School and our office can decide, upon reviewing your materials, not to endorse you. This decision is not taken lightly. We select on the basis of general plausibility rather than excellence; we think it is up to the Marshall Commission to decide on the strengths and weaknesses of your application.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org the following materials as attachments within a single email with the heading “MARSHALL INTERNAL APPLICATION.” All of your essays can be in a single document.
NB: These words counts and prompts are either verbatim or very similar to what a Marshall application requires.
Robert Clinton (2016):
Advice: People may tell you that the process for applying for a global award is fun. I don’t think that’s true. It’s grueling, intense, and time consuming. However, once you reach the end, the feeling of accomplishment is awesome. You learn a lot about yourself, have to think critically about what you’d like to do in the future, and even if it’s not always enjoyable, it’s definitely worth it.