Marshall Scholarships are awarded to up to 50 young Americans of high ability each year to study for a graduate degree in any field of study in the United Kingdom. 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 programs contributes to their ultimate personal success. 

Up to 50 Marshall Scholars are selected annually to study for one to three years at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Scholarships support university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

General Eligibility

Please see the program website for specific eligibility requirements.

Candidates for Marshall Scholarships must have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Applicants are judged on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.

  • Class year: Graduating seniors and alumni. Candidates must hold first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. by the time they take up their scholarships and must have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university within two years of applying.
  • Citizenship: Citizens of the United States (at the time of application)
  • GPA: Grade point average of not less than 3.7 on the undergraduate degree at the time of application.

Other eligibility guidelines:

  • Have not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University or GCSE or A Levels taken at school in the UK.

Application Process

Davidson College supports and must endorse qualified Davidson candidates for the Marshall Scholarship. Davidson Marshall candidates must apply through the campus application process, which begins in the spring semester before the annual application deadline. The campus process requires advanced submission of application materials (including references’ recommendation letters) and at least one interview in late summer/early fall. The campus interview process will determine if a candidate is eligible for Davidson’s Institutional Endorsement, which is required for all candidates for Marshall Scholarships. The Marshall Scholarship will not consider unendorsed applications.

The campus endorsement application process and resources are available in the Marshall Fellowships Toolkit article (Handshake login required). Students and alumni interested in applying are encouraged to contact Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning, as soon as possible to discuss their candidacy.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program at, or schedule a Fellowships & Scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning, through Handshake (login required).