The Marshall Center’s objective is to bring together the best and most capable rising defense and security experts from a variety of government ministries. We strive for a balanced and diverse participant body which includes civilian and military, men and women, policy-makers and practitioners. Candidates should benefit from our programs and the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals as well as add value to an ongoing dialog on security and defense-related topics. All Marshall Center courses strive for balanced gender participation and we strongly encourage applications from women.

In order to ensure a diverse selection of participants, we encourage our U.S. Embassy representatives to work closely within their own Country Team to coordinate nominations from the various ministries, such as: defense, interior, foreign affairs, emergency services, border guards, internal and external intelligence services.

Government officials who meet the course qualifications and would like to participate in a Marshall Center resident program must begin by contacting their ministry or parent organization 120 days before the start of the program they wish to attend. Ministries or parent organizations may then nominate participants for Marshall Center programs through the Marshall Center liaison at the United States Embassy or German Embassy in their countries. Nominations should reach the Marshall Center Registrar's office 60 days before the course begins.

The Marshall Center cannot accept direct nominations for funded participants; nominations for all programs must come to the Marshall Center through the appropriate ministry and the U.S. or German Embassy in the nominee's country. However, the Registrar's office can help applicants initiate the process. For assistance, applicants can send a request to registrar [at] (registrar[at]marshallcenter[dot]org). The request should include an applicant's name, position title, rank, address, telephone number and e-mail address. The Registrar's office will then forward the application to the appropriate U.S. Embassy representative for consideration and further coordination with the applicant.

The Marshall Center accepts direct nominations for self-paying participants for all resident courses. Self-paying participants must also meet admissions criteria as outlined in the individual course descriptions. The Registrar's office can provide information on the admissions process and associated course costs.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Office of the Registrar
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Gernackerstrasse 2
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Telephone: +49-8821-750-2656/2327/2229
Email: registrar [at] (registrar[at]marshallcenter[dot]org)


Please find below the GCMC Academic Catalog and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) brochure for more information about our resident programs.

The Marshall Center believes women’s rights are a global priority. Women, Peace and Security (WPS) is an imperative component of security studies and the Marshall Center strongly encourages the participation of women in our programs.

Once an applicant has been approved for a course, the Registrar’s Office will send a confirmation letter with all the administrative requirements moving forward.