- be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
- (by the time they take up their scholarship ie September 2015) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
- have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree. (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application).
- have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2012.
- not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.
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.
Application Timeline and NYU’s Endorsement Process
- The Marshall Scholarship is a very competitive scholarship, and the application involves a commitment from you in terms of time, effort, and emotional capital. You will be asking a number of people to write detailed recommendations on your behalf, and NYU will also write a lengthy letter of endorsement. Because of this, you need to do due diligence. There needs to be a compelling, well-researched reason for what you want to study and why you have picked that university / program. The general prestige of the university or Marshall Scholarship is not a compelling enough reason.
- Acquaint yourself with the Marshall website and its notes on the application process and eligibility. You’ll see there are some degree programs they don’t support in the UK and some highly relevant FAQ’s.
Higher education in the United Kingdom is different from the U.S.A. In addition to basic terminology (such as “term” as opposed to “semester”), you’ll need to research the ways in which your academic discipline might be understood quite differently in a British context. The UK has different guiding assumptions when it comes to teaching, resources, and research methodology. For a handy guide to various databases, click here.
- If you think you’re eligible for the Marshall, and you have a clear sense of what you want to study and why, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your internal application by May 1st. Please keep in mind that the internal application is a provisional draft. You will need to plan to develop your application over the summer months.
- When you have submitted your internal application, we will arrange a half hour meeting with you to discuss your materials. This is a chance for us to give you initial feedback, and to set up a plan of attack over the coming months. We will contact your school, and let them know that you are interested in applying. They can reserve the right to not endorse your application (after all, the letter of endorsement will eventually come from the Dean's Office), which is why it's important that we immediately assess whether your application is a plausible one or not.
- NYU's Marshall internal application should be understood as a provisional rough draft. We understand that you're just beginning to develop your thinking, and that there will be many refinements in the months to come. We ask for a first draft simply to make sure that you have begun the process, and have done due diligence in researching programs and reflecting on your motivations. We are not expecting a finalized, polished application.
The deadline for the internal application for the Marshall is May 19th, 2017.
FAQ?s about the May 19th deadline
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.
Internal Application for Marshall: Required Materials
Please email email@example.com 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.
- Unofficial Transcript
- Essay 1: Personal Statement - This should be a short statement in which candidates should describe their intellectual development and other interests and pursuits. (1000 words max).
- Essay 2: Describe your proposed academic program, giving reasons for their choice of course and preferred university. Those hoping to read for a research degree should give an outline proposal of the research they wish to undertake. (700 words max.)
- Essay 3: Describe a situation in which you recognized and responded to a need for leadership (500 words max).
- Essay 4: Candidates should describe their immediate plans upon completion of their Marshall Scholarship. This might include a statement on career plans and aims. (500 words max.)
NB: These words counts and prompts are either verbatim or very similar to what a Marshall application requires.
Advice from NYU Marshall Recipient
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.
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