Body: Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission
Appointing Department: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Sectors: Education, International
Location: Usually MACC Headquarters, Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London
Skills required: International Experience
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The appointment is unpaid. Reasonable costs of travel within the UK to attend Commission meetings and events will be reimbursed, as will reasonable travel costs within the UK or to the US.
Time Requirements: Part time - the role of a Commissioner involves attending three Commission meetings per year, at least two annual Commission events, and potentially other committees and ad hoc work requiring a minimum time commitment of 10-15 days per year.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Appointment of a new Commissioner
to the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

A new Commissioner has been appointed to the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission
Following a competitive application process the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Alice Prochaska as a new member of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission (MACC) with effect from 1 October.
Dr Prochaska fills a vacant post on the Commission. She recently stepped down as Principal of Somerville College Oxford and brings many years’ experience of UK Higher Education to the role. Amongst the many public positions she holds are Chair of the Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust and Chair of the Institute of Historical Research Trust (University of London).
Commenting on the appointment the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson MP said:
“The Marshall Scholarship Scheme is widely considered one of the most prestigious scholarships for US citizens to study in the UK. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring special relationship between our two countries.
Marshall Alumni go on to become prominent leaders in their chosen field. To date they include the CEO of LinkedIn, Supreme Court Justices, Members of the US Congress and Presidential Cabinet, the Managing Editors of TIME and CNN and even an Astronaut. These Alumni serve as a symbol of the success of the Marshall Scheme.
I welcome Dr Prochaska as a Commission member, who I am certain will ensure that the vital contribution made by the Marshall Scholarship Scheme to our special relationship continues for many years to come.”
MACC Chairman Christopher Fisher added:
‘I am delighted that we have been able to attract such a high calibre individual to become a new Marshall Commissioner. The Marshall Scholarship Programme has a fantastic track record in maintaining and renewing strong Anglo-American ties. The Commission is fully committed to sustaining the scale, quality and vitality of this programme.’
The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission administers the British Marshall Scholarship scheme, which finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the UK. Some forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. 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.
Commissioners serve for a term of three years, with the possibility of re-appointment for a second term. The appointment is unpaid.

Date: 10/10/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    10/10/2017 at 12:00

This competition has been extended. The revised closing date for applications is Thursday 22 June 2017. Please therefore note new dates for the panel sift and interviews. Because of the revised closing date for this competition and the summer parliamentary recess candidates should be aware that it may not be possible to announce the final appointment before September.


Assessment Panel

  • Sarah Lingard Added 21/04/2017

    Panel Chair

    Head of Soft Power and Strategic Partnerships, FCO • Departmental Official

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  • Dr Simon Rofe Added 21/04/2017

    Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies, SOAS • Independent Member

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  • Christopher Fisher Added 21/04/2017

    Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission (MACC) was established by an act of Parliament in 1953 to administer the Marshall Scholarship programme on behalf of the FCO, a programme that enables talented postgraduate students from the United States to study in the UK.

Members of the Commission have responsibility for:

  • Overseeing the grant-in-aid provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Marshall Scholarships for talented young graduates from the United States
  • Oversight of the selection of Scholars (delegated to Regional Committees in the USA and the Ambassador’s Advisory Council in Washington)
  • Ensuring Scholars receive appropriate advice and assistance in the UK
  • Ensuring the programme makes a valuable and enduring contribution to UK/US relations

More information about Marshall Scholarships and the Commission can be found at

Person Specification


  • Significant knowledge of, or experience of the UK Higher Education sector.
  • A keen interest in and experience of UK-US relations, and a commitment to improve and deepen that relationship.
  • Strong networking and stakeholder engagement skills and knowledge and experience of finance and governance issues.
  • Experience at Board level of an organisation in the public or private sector.
  • Commitment to diversity and equalities



  • Knowledge or experience of US Higher Education
  • An ability to engage with the best and brightest American students.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and development.

We particularly welcome applications from women and people from black and minority ethnic communities.

Additional Information

Appointment will be for a period of three years, with the possibility of renewal for an additional term.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit a letter detailing their experience and relevant skills along with a full CV.

All candidates are also required to complete a Public Appointment Diversity Monitoring Form attached separately.

Your CV, statement and monitoring form should be returned by email to by the stated closing date.

KEY 2017 Diversity Form
Candidate Pack - Commissioner of MACC 2017 - extended
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