The Marshall Scholarship funds graduate study at any college or university in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland). Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan conceived by General George C. Marshall. The program is intended to encourage future American leaders to be personal ambassadors to the U.K. Marshall Scholars may pursue either a second bachelor’s or a graduate degree. The award covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the U.K. and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an U.K. institution in any field of study.
An applicant must be nominated by UCLA and:
- be a United States citizen.
- have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree).
- (by the time they take up their scholarship ie September 2018) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States.
In appointing Scholars the selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential. The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:
To be considered for a UCLA campus nomination, applicants must submit the following to the Scholarship Resource Center at 233 Covel Commons by the stated UCLA campus deadline:
- A completed on-line application form available from the Marshall scholarship website. Applicants must submit a print out of the completed on-line application (Please note, the on-line application will not be accessible until late May/early June)
- Personal statement
- An annotated resume that details your research experience, honors, and awards. Click here to learn how to prepare an annotated resume.
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. For the UCLA campus application, these may be unofficial transcripts.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- The names and affiliations of the additional two people from whom you will request recommendations if you are selected as the UCLA candidate for the Marshall Scholarship.
See campus application instructions for further details.
Applications must be endorsed by UCLA before they can be submitted to the Marshall Commission Trust. In the endorsement process, the campus selection committee reviews application materials and selects UCLA’s nominees. Please note that the number of letters of recommendation, resume requirement, or essay topic may differ between campus application requirements and application requirements.
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