Postgraduate funding

Marshall Scholarships at King's College London

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to residents of the following countries
    United States
  • To be eligible for a 2020 Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:
    • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
    • (by the time they take up their scholarship ie September 2020) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
    • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree. (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application). We do not accept rounded GPA's.
    • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2017.
    • 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.
  • Applicable subjects
    All Subjects

Application details

Applications may be submitted
01-Jun-2019 until 30-Sep-2019

Information about the funding

The Application for the 2020 Marshall Scholarships is now open.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.

Up to 50 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

The objectives of the programme are as follows:
  • To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country's future leaders, to study in the UK.
  • To help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
  • To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain's centres of academic excellence.
  • To motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding.
  • To promote the personal and academic fulfilment of each Scholar.

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 programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.

A Marshall Scholarship is generally tenable for one or two academic years. For those intending to pursue a doctorate at King's, it has been highlighted that the third year funding is not guaranteed although the Commission is currently working very hard to create further opportunities.

Information about the application
Competition for the award is made on an annual basis. Please check The Marshall website for dates.

Before completing the application candidates are advised to consider the objectives of the Marshall Scholarship Programme (see opening paragraph of the Rules for Candidates) and to be aware that the selection committees are seeking candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Our selection criteria can be found here.

The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission promotes an equal opportunities policy. Scholarship awards are based on merit following a fair and transparent selection process. The Marshall Commission seeks and recruits students from all backgrounds.

Specified use
The Marshall Scholarship may cover: 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.

Marshall Scholarships are not subject to UK Income Tax but may be considered taxable income by the US Internal Revenue Service.

Application procedure
Each candidate must submit an online application.

All applicants must complete and submit their applications no later than 5pm in the time zone where your endorsing institution is located on 30 September 2019. The application will then be processed by your endorsing institution for submission. No changes will be able to be made to the application after this date.

Detailed information about the application process can be found on the official Marshall Scholarship website at:

Contact details


Or please refer to The Marshall Scholarship website ( for detailed regional contact information.

Funding provider
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Please note the database is updated regularly but is a guide only and not a guarantee of funding nor an exhaustive list of all funding available.

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