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EPA Marshall Scholarships
Program: Scholars spend up to five years of study culminating in an environmentally relevant doctoral degree. The first two years of study must be in residence at a university in the UK.
Deadline: Applications for the current program are due to the appropriate processing offices by October 1, 2004, for a scholarship to commence in the fall of 2005. Consult the Marshall web site for more information.
Purpose: The EPA Marshall Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for exceptional U.S. students to pursue graduate environmental studies at a British university, thereby gaining an understanding and appreciation for the people and customs of contemporary Britain, while serving as unofficial ambassadors from the U.S. to the United Kingdom.
Eligibility: Prospective Marshall scholars must be U.S. citizens who have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university on or after April 2002. Applicants must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.7 (out of 4.0). Exceptions will be considered only on the written recommendation of the sponsoring U.S. college. To be eligible for the EPA Marshall Scholarship, applicants must first be selected as Marshall Scholars and must be pursuing a graduate degree in one of the following areas:
- physical, life, or systematic sciences
- engineering and technology
- social and behavioral sciences
- urban and regional planning
- communication science
The proposed program of study must be demonstrably relevant to environmental protection, restoration, or stewardship; environmental public health; or ecosystem health. Applicants whose work emphasizes the study of global environmental problems, international collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving, technology exchange programs, or research to improve international dialog regarding the environment will be given first consideration.
Scholars must be willing to relocate to the United Kingdom for at least two years. Married scholars are welcome to bring their families.
Awards: The Marshall Scholarship Programme awards at least 40 scholarships each year. Of these, up to three EPA Marshall Scholarships will be awarded in 2005. Britain’s Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission will provide the first two years of funding, at a current value of approximately $37,000 annually, with allowances for tuition, fees, books, thesis production, study-related travel, immediate family, air fare, and a personal stipend of between $1,200 to $1,800 per month. EPA will provide up to three additional years of study culminating in a doctoral degree from either a British or US university.
How to Apply: To apply for a Marshall Scholarship or for the joint EPA Marshall Scholarship, you must visit this website: http://www.marshallscholarship.org
Applications must be submitted online.
Review and Selection Process
The review process for a Marshall scholarship is a rigorous one with several steps, culminating in personal interviews of the semi-finalists. Those applicants who are invited to interview will be asked if they are interested in being considered for the joint EPA Marshall Scholarship. Once the interviews are completed, the winning applications are forwarded to EPA for a relevancy review to determine which applications propose study programs that are of greatest importance to environmental decision makers. The applicants who are recommended by the relevancy review will be offered an EPA Marshall Scholarship. An applicant who declines the joint program is still eligible to receive a Marshall scholarship.
The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission
To commemorate the ideals of the Marshall Plan after World War Two, conceived by U.S. General George C. Marshall, the British Parliament established the Marshall Aid Commemorative Commission and the Marshall Scholarship Programme in 1953. Although initially intended mostly to thank America for its support during the war, the program has evolved into one that promotes mutual understanding and respect by providing a top-notch graduate education to promising U.S. students at institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, the University of London, University of Glasgow, and more than 100 other universities throughout the United Kingdom.
Collaborative programs such as the EPA Marshall Scholarship continue the original mission of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and expand it to provide opportunities for students who are studying subjects that are of paramount concern to both of our countries.
Under-represented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For further information: EPA maintains a toll-free telephone number which allows individuals to leave a recorded message or question. These will be answered through a return telephone call. To access this service, dial 1-800-490-9194.