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Marshall Scholarships

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Description

The Marshall Scholarship Program was established in 1953 to honor U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall and express Britain’s gratitude for economic assistance received through the Marshall Plan after World War II.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Each year, 40 scholars are selected to spend two years in graduate school at a British University, with all expenses paid by the British government. Third-year extensions are granted by the Commission on a limited basis, for strong academic reasons, subject to the availability of funds.

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.

Former Marshall Scholars include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist Thomas Friedman.

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Eligibility

To qualify, candidates must:

  • be citizens of the United States of America
  • apply within two years of graduating from their undergraduate college or university
  • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree
  • (by the time they take up their scholarship) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States
  • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University

Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship.

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Endorsement

Marshall applicants must receive the endorsement of the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships. The Committee will review all application materials and interview each applicant to decide on endorsements. You will be informed of your status via email.

For scholarships requiring endorsement, all materials must be sent to Scholarship Advising by email (preferred), or to 6201 Parker House, Rm. 101, Hanover, NH 03755 or HB 6201.

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Preliminary Application

Please register your intention to apply for a Marshall Scholarship by submitting the Scholarship Registration Web Form.

Applicants will submit the following to the Scholarship Advising office by the preliminary application deadline of July 1, 2014:

  • Online application, including Personal Statement and Proposed Academic Program (email PDF of application directly to Scholarship Advising)
  • Four Letters of Recommendation (emailed as a word document or PDF by recommenders) DUE AUGUST 1
  • Academic Transcripts: Current Undergraduates should order an unofficial transcript through Banner Student, and email the PDF to scholarship.advising@dartmouth.edu.  Alumni should order an official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage, and have the transcript sent directly to scholarship.advising@dartmouth.edu.  
  • Transcripts (other institutions):  Please request official copies of any other non-Dartmouth transcripts to be sent to:  Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH  03755 or email scholarship.advising@dartmouth.edu.

These applications will be read by Scholarship Advising. The preliminary application (with comments) will be returned to you over the summer. Please see RWiT or any writing advisor for help with your essays.

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Letters of Recommendation - Due August 1

Four letters of recommendation are required for the official application. The first of these should be designated the Preferred Recommender and this recommender should have supervised your college training. At least two recommenders must be provided by academics. At least three of these recommenders should be in the United States.

Please provide your recommenders with the Guidelines for Writers of Letters of Recommendation when requesting a recommendation.

You should also provide them with any information about you that can help them formulate a strong recommendation, such as, information on the scholarship and what your study and research plans are, a copy of your CV, a paper you wrote for their class, research topics, future academic or career goals, etc.

Letters of recommendation should be sent to Scholarship Advising by email as a word document (preferred) or PDF to Scholarship Advising, Hinman Box 6201, Hanover, NH 03755 or HB 6201.

For more information on recommendation letters, click here.

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Campus Deadline and Interviews

All application materials are due to Scholarship Advising by the Campus Deadline on September 2, 2014.

  • complete online application including all essays
  • all letters of recommendation
  • transcript

Campus committee interviews for all applicants will take place in mid-September.  The committee will read all application materials in advance of the interview.  If an applicant is off-campus, interviews will be conducted by phone or Skype.

**There will be time for final revisions and edits before the final submission to the foundation.

Final Application Submission

** Official Transcripts:  Current Undergraduates should order an official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage once your fall term classes are finalized.  Transcript should be sent directly to scholarship.advising@dartmouth.edu.  All nominees are responsible for uploading the official transcript PDF to the online application.

  • Candidates who receive the endorsement of the Committee are responsible for completing the online application for final submission by September 25, 2014.
  • Nominees must upload all supplementary materials (for example, transcripts, photo, etc.) by September 25, 2014.
  • Scholarship Advising will upload your institutional endorsement by the deadline of October 1, 2014
  • All nominees must save a PDF of the final online application for your files and email a copy to Scholarship Advising.

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Marshall Application Schedule

April 2014

Marshall Information Session

June 2014

Register with Scholarship Advising

July 1, 2014

Preliminary Application Deadline

August 2014

Feedback on Preliminary Applications Available in Scholarship Advising

August 1, 2014

Letter of Recommendation Deadline

September 2, 2014

Final Application Campus Deadline

Mid-September 2014

Interviews with the Committee on Graduate Fellowships

October 1, 2014

Official Deadline for Final 2013 Online Application

November 2014

Mock Interviews for Finalists

November 2014

Marshall Finalist Interviews

November 2014

Marshall Scholarship Awards Announced

 

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Additional Information

Email Scholarship Advising

Marshall Scholarship website

Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Updated: 4/7/14