Six Commissioners to Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

Body: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Appointing Department: Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Education, International
Location: UK
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: The appointment is unpaid. Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed to attend meetings.
Time Requirements: Time Requirement 10-12 Days approx. per annum. Additional days may be required if the successful applicant takes on additional responsibilities (e.g. sitting on MACC committees).

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission is a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) flagship scholarship programme with the United States. It enables talented postgraduate students from the US to study at Universities across the UK. Marshall is a key part of UK foreign policy, building meaningful links with future leaders and enhancing transatlantic partnerships between the two countries.

The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission was established by an Act of Parliament in 1953 to administer the Marshall Scholarship programme as an Executive Agency of the then Foreign and Commonwealth Office, now FCDO.

The Commission comprises up to 10 Commissioners who act as a Board for the programme, setting direction, providing oversight, and adding value to the scholars’ experience in the UK, using their personal networks and experience to give scholars access to interesting and insightful opportunities. The Commission is supported by dedicated Secretariat staff at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) based in London, who administer the Marshall Scholarships.

The Commission is led by the Chair, who is also the Accounting Officer, on behalf of FCDO. Current Commissioners have a range of senior-level experience across the private sector, higher education, the US, law, finance. Two Commissioners will have completed their current terms this Spring and a further four in August 2022. Replacement appointments are now being sought.

Commissioners are responsible for:

  • Overseeing the grant-in-aid provided by the FCDO, funding Marshall Scholarships for talented graduates from the United States, as well as nurturing the programme’s increasingly important funding partnerships with academic institutions and others.
  • Overseeing the selection of scholars, working with regional committees in the USA, in coordination with Consuls General and the Ambassador’s advisory council in Washington.
  • Ensuring scholars receive appropriate advice and assistance while in the UK.
  • The effective delivery of the Marshall scholarships, with support from the ACU Secretariat.
  • Ensuring Marshall makes a valuable and enduring contribution to UK-US relations.

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

Person Specification

Personal qualities required

Six Commissioners are being recruited whose attributes will range across the following criteria.


  • Significant knowledge or experience of the UK higher education sector OR relevant experience of working for a public body, a third or private sector.
  • An interest in working closely with the UK higher education sector.
  • A keen interest in and/or experience of UK-US relations, and a commitment to improve and deepen that relationship.
  • Strong networking and stakeholder engagement skills, and a willingness to engage with the brightest and best American students.
  • Knowledge or experience of finance, governance, and strategic issues.
  • Commitment to ensuring access of opportunity, regardless of background.


One commissioner will play a senior role on the Audit and Risk Committee, for whom experience at a senior level of financial management and audit would be essential. Up to two commissioners will require to have strong academic credentials to join the Education Committee.


  • Knowledge or experience of US higher education.
  • Experience of working with public-funded programmes.
  • Experience at board level of an organisation in the public, private and third sectors.
  • Experience of evaluating the success of programmes and using this to develop strategy.

FCDO and Marshall, wish to represent inclusion from the width and breadth of diversity of the applicants and particularly welcome applications from candidates from a wide and diverse range of professional and personal backgrounds.

Time Commitment

The role of Commissioner involves attending four Commission meetings per year, at least two annual Commission events, two Education Committee meetings or three to four Audit, and Risk Committee meetings, and ad hoc work requiring a time commitment of 10-12 days approx. per year.  Additional days may be required if the successful applicant takes on additional responsibilities (such as sitting on MACC committees).

Candidates should ensure they can meet these commitments before applying, though please ask for reasonable adjustments if any need to be made.



Additional Information

Additional Information

The appointment will be for a period of three years, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 3-year term. It is an unpaid position, but expenses are covered.  Two vacancies are to be filled in the Spring with a further 4 vacancies filled in August 2022


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 within FCDO travel guidelines.

Appointment and tenure of office

Initial appointment will be for 3 years. Subject to satisfactory performance, the appointment may be renewed at the end of the first period of office for another term of three years.


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