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Office of National Scholarship Advisement
University of Mississippi


Marshall Scholarship

Open to:

Rising seniors and graduates


  • Application Deadlines
    • UM Deadline: June 1
    • National Deadline: September
    • Endorsement: UM Nomination is Required. Learn more about ONSA and the nomination process.


Funds two years of graduate study leading to a degree in any field at a U.K. institution.  Award covers university fees, tuition, books, a thesis grant, research and daily travel, plus fares to and from the U.S.

Candidate Profile
As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars will strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging in their interests, and their time as Scholars will enhance their intellectual and personal growth. Marshall Scholars are expected to 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.

The specific selection criteria are:

  1. Academic merit: The quality of the applicant’s proposed program of study, their knowledge of their proposed courses and supervisors, evidence of academic excellence and background relevant to their planned field of study, and the quality and breadth of their recommendations
  2. Leadership potential: Ability to deliver results, strength of purpose (as evidenced in commitment to extracurricular involvements), creativity and innovation in the applicant’s approach to solving problems, and self-awareness in their desire to contribute to society and their impact so far
  3. Ambassadorial potential: Knowledge of US/UK relations, evidence of transferable extracurricular activities, interpersonal skills and ability to engage with others, self-confidence, and ability to seize opportunities

In sum, applicants should have a clear idea of what they want to study, how their goals build on their past accomplishments in and out of the classroom, and how they expect to make a major contribution or help to advance their field.


Application Procedure:

  • A complete Marshall Scholarship application (including all essays) submitted online. If you receive the UM endorsement, you will be able to make changes to your application ahead of the final deadline.
  • Transcripts for all colleges or universities attended, including study abroad 
  • Three recommendation letters specifically tailored for the Marshall Scholarship. Letters should be written to the “Marshall Scholarship Selection Committee” and are limited to 1,000 words. Recommenders should email their letters to ONSA

After the campus deadline, the campus Marshall Endorsement Committee will review all applications.  Applicants may be asked to interview with the committee as part of the endorsement process.  Endorsed applicants will then be notified and guided through the final steps of the application process.



  • Must be a U.S. citizen. 
  • Seniors, graduate or professional students, and recent alumni are eligible to apply within two years of earning their undergraduate degree.  
  • A minimum 3.7 GPA is required. 

Endorsement by Office of National Scholarships (Dr. Ibrahim)


Videos and Workshops:

UK Virtual Study:

University of Exeter

University of Birmingham

University of Southampton

University College London

University of Warwick

University of Manchester

University of Bristol

University of East Anglia

University of Nottingham

Imperial College London

University of Kent

Durham University





Want to Apply?


There are many things you can do to become competitive for such awards. It all starts with becoming engaged with your classes, your professors, and your community–starting your freshman year!

The key to a strong application is…START EARLY! Follow these steps to schedule your appointment!

STEP 1: Look through the Handbook or Website to identify potential awards.

  • Each award description in the handbook or website includes eligibility, a description, application procedures, and links to videos/webinars.
  • Some awards identify “institutional endorsement required” or “institutional endorsement recommended”. In order to be endorsed by ONSA and the university of Mississippi you must have a complete application by the campus deadline.

STEP 2: Complete the Fellowship Interest Form (required)

STEP 3: Make an appointment with a Fellowship Advisor (strongly recommended)

STEP 4: If you apply for a national fellowship, you will need to complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (required)