UCL Institute of the Americas


Recipient of prestigious Marshall Scholarship chooses UCL Americas programme for her MA in the UK

5 January 2022

Julia Chaffers

We are proud to announce that Julia Chaffers, one of the students named as 2022 Marshall Scholars in recognition of their academic excellence and potential as future American leaders, will begin a postgraduate course at UCL Institute of the Americas starting in September 2022. Julia says: 'I chose US Studies: History and Politics MA at UCL because I'm excited to build on my undergraduate study of American political history, especially my research related to legacies of slavery and racism in the US. Studying at the Institute of the Americas gives me the opportunity to study the US within a more global context, and the institute's interdisciplinary and transnational focus will bring new perspectives to the questions I'm interested in.'

Julia Chaffers of Princeton University, New Jersey, is among the 41 winners of the 2022 Marshall Scholarships and was selected following a rigorous and months-long process. She hopes that her studies in the UK will build on her research related to the legacies of slavery and racism in the United States, allowing her to examine the topics within a global context.

Those awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship are considered to be some of the top undergraduate university students and recent graduates in the United States, and marked out as future leaders. The accolade finances them to study for a graduate degree at a top academic institution in the UK in any field of study.

The UCL Institute of the Americas United States Studies: History and Politics MA is a multidisciplinary MA that comprises a broad range of specialist modules in the humanities and social sciences, bringing together the academic expertise of the institute with United States specialists from other UCL departments and University of London colleges. The programme's graduates have established careers in research, journalism, teaching and policy formulation and implementation in both government agencies and NGOs.


US Studies: History and Politics MA | prospectus page

Marshall Scholarship | website


Julia Chaffers, credit: Photo by Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy