in Lexington, Virginia announces research and writing opportunities in 20th-century (1898-1960) diplomatic/military history and political affairs.

The purpose of the Marshall Scholarship program is to give undergraduate students at selected Virginia and Mid-Atlantic colleges an opportunity to do research and writing using primary materials. Students may utilize the resources and collections of the Marshall Research Library, as well as those of other archival repositories, colleges and universities. The Scholar may choose any subject involving 20th-century diplomatic and military history or political affairs from 1898 to 1960--the approximate dates of George C. Marshall's public service.

Scholars are nominated by their home institutions and work under the direction of a departmental professor who will determine appropriate course credit. The program director and a Foundation faculty advisor will also assist in advising on specific topics and source materials.

Please Note: The Marshall Scholars program has been suspended for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

Upon being named an award winner, the Marshall Scholar will do research at his/her convenience throughout the active academic year.  Scholars convene as a group at the Marshall Library for an Orientation Meeting in the fall and a Presentation Meeting in the spring.

The Marshall Scholarship includes a $250 cash award, plus travel expenses up to $300 for students from distant institutions. Additional funds are available for students who attend school more than 200 miles from the Marshall Library. The paper judged most outstanding will receive the Larry I. Bland Scholars Prize and an additional $500 prize.

The Marshall Research Library's resources include General Marshall's own papers, the personal papers of many of his war-time associates, extensive copied material from files of the Departments of War, State, and Defense, a special collections library of over 30,000 volumes, as well as thousands of photographs, maps, and posters of the period. The Library's collections are especially strong on the post-World War II Marshall Plan era and the role of women in both World Wars. Although the Marshall Library's collections are an important resource, students are encouraged to consult archival sources in other regional and national institutions.