Marshall Scholarships are awarded to up to 50 young Americans of high ability each year to study for one to three years at the graduate level at institutions in the United Kingdom 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 programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

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 endorsement process requires advanced submission of application materials (including references’ recommendation letters) and at least one interview in late summer/early fall. 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, Director of Fellowships, as soon as possible to discuss their candidacy.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Office of Fellowships at, or schedule an Office of Fellowships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Director of Fellowships, through Handshake (login required).

Davidson Marshall Scholars

2009 - Katelyn Terese Finley '09

1987 - Mark S. Sandy '87

1972 - Lawrence Wilkinson '72

1971 - T. James Trussell '71

1964 - John M. Spratt '64

1962 - William Harrison Wellford '62