University of Wisconsin–Madison



UW-Madison deadline: July 15, 2019
Foundation deadline:  September 30, 2019 (5:00 pm CT)

*Candidates must be nominated by UW–Madison and may not apply directly. Students interested in applying should contact the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office for more information about the application process. Contact: 608-265-2428,


Established in 1953, the Marshall Scholarship Program gives high achieving young Americans the opportunity to study at any university in the United Kingdom. The Program was created to honor the ideals of the Marshall Plan, and foster appreciation of the U.K. among future American leaders. Up to 40 scholarships are awarded each year.


The scholarship covers tuition and fees, airfare, living expenses, and related expenses such as books, for two years of study in any discipline leading to a graduate degree at a British university. (The Marshall Commission does not fund second BA degrees or MBA degrees.) Third-year extensions are granted by the Commission on a limited basis.


  • U.S. citizen
  • Senior undergraduate or recent graduate at time of application (may apply up to two years after receiving first bachelor’s degree)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.7
  • Attain a bachelor’s degree from accredited four year U.S. college or university before scholarship begins
  • May not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree equivalent from a British university



To be considered for nomination, submit a complete campus application to the UAA Office by the campus deadline (see section below). The campus committee reviews applications and endorses top candidates. Endorsed candidates may revise their application materials before submitting to the regional level of competition in October, using the official Marshall online application. The regional committees interview finalists and select scholars in November.


Please submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. on the campus deadline. Items 2-5 below will be submitted via the online campus application form (link below). Letters of recommendation are to be submitted separately via email to the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office,

  1. Campus Application Form
    You won’t be able to save your work to the online campus application, so plan to fill it out and submit at one sitting. Use a PDF of 2019 campus application as a guide to plan your answers.
  2. Personal Statement (no more than 1,000 words) describing your academic and other interests.  Help the reader understand who you are and how your academic passions and future goals have evolved.  Reflect on and analyze some of the significant activities/experiences that have shaped you.  Read over Professor Caroline Levine’s “Advice for Writing a Personal Statement.” (Professor Levine was a Marshall Scholar and served on the campus nominating committee.)
  3. Proposed Academic Program Essay(s) For each scholarship you check on the application form, write an essay (no more than 250 words each) giving reasons for your first choice academic program and university. How is the academic program a good fit for you? How will the program (as opposed to a top-ranked program in the U.S.) add value to your education and further your educational and career goals? If you want to pursue a research degree (as opposed to a taught master’s), outline the research you wish to undertake and list the name and title of the faculty member who has agreed to work with you if you receive the scholarship. See Researching British Universities.
  4. A “Résumé” or List of principal activities (two pages, no smaller than 11 pt font) Organize to showcase your strengths.  You may want to include sections on education (universities attended, majors, degrees earned); research and publications; academic honors, awards and scholarships; service/volunteerism; employment and internships; other activities/interests.  For each activity you list, be sure to include your title/role, the name of the organization, dates active, and a brief explanation of your involvement/responsibilities.  Emphasize your leadership experiences. Don’t assume the reader will be familiar with UW-Madison or the surrounding community.
  5. Transcripts from all colleges attended (for campus purposes, an unofficial transcript or a copy of your UW-Madison student record is fine, as are photocopies of transcripts from other institutions).
  6. Letters of recommendation (4-8 total) primarily academic. If you are applying for the Rhodes, you must submit at least five letters (four must be from professors who have supervised your coursework or research).  For the Marshall and Mitchell you must submit at least four letters.  If you are applying for nomination to more than one scholarship, your recommenders do not need to submit a separate letter for each scholarship.  For the campus competition, they can submit one “combined” letter, recommending you for all the scholarships for which you are applying. They can address the letter to “Members of the UW-Madison Nominating Committee” and email an electronic copy to, or mail to the address below.   Should you receive university nomination, your recommenders will need to submit a separate letter to each of the scholarship foundations.  Please read over and give your recommenders a copy of Effective Recommendation Letters for UK-Ireland Scholarships.


For official information on the Marshall Scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here), please see


Advice for Writing a Personal Statement
Researching British Universities
Effective Recommendation Letters
Previous Marshall Scholars