Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Marshall Scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion formers, and decision makers in their own country, may thereby gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life.


  • Seniors or recent graduates may apply. Candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate institution after April 2018.
  • Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.7.
  • Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

  • The application is available online.
  • Candidates must submit a completed application form, three or four essays (a personal statement, description of the proposed academic program, and reasons for wishing to live and study in the UK; one-year applicants must submit a fourth essay describing their post-scholarships plans), and four letters of recommendation. 
  • Applications must be endorsed by the Ball State president, provost, or academic dean (or, for recent graduates, possibly their employer).
  • Each candidate must work with Barb Stedman, director of national and international scholarships, in obtaining the university's endorsement. At least six weeks before the campus deadline--preferably earlier--students should call 765-285-1024 to schedule an appointment, or e-mail with questions.
  • Semifinalists for the Chicago region are notified in late October or early November and interviewed several days later.

Marshall application guidance for Ball State students 

  • Access an application packet prepared specifically for Ball State students who apply for a Marshall grant.  It contains tips on creating the best application possible, a timeline and checklist, advice on getting strong letters of recommendation, and sample essays.
  • You will need to enter you Ball State username and password to gain access. 

Duration and Amount Deadlines

  • The deadline for the 2017 competition is October 2, 2017.
  • The campus deadline is August 25, 2017. All materials must be submitted by this date to Barb Stedman in the Honors College.
  • Pre-application for 2018 competition: April 20, 2018.

Duration and Amount

  • As a rule, scholarships are held for two years, but they may be extended through a third academic year. A limited number of one-year scholarships are offered and may not be extended beyond twelve months.
  • Marshall Scholarships cover the annual cost of university fees and cost-of-living expenses, books, research and daily travel expenses, thesis expenses, and airfare to and from the United States, and, where applicable, a contribution toward the support of a dependent spouse.