The Kennedy Trust offers scholarships to British students wanting to undertake a post-graduate course at Harvard and MIT.
The Kennedy Scholarship can be used to fund a wide variety of programmes at MIT and across all the graduate schools within Harvard – from PhD to LLM, from MPH to MArch. It can also fund a Special Studentship for those wanting a general programme of non-degree study.
Both Harvard and MIT are world-leading universities that provide a vibrant and dynamic learning environment. Scholars use this opportunity to deepen their expertise in their field, but also to explore the diversity within their own field and in new fields altogether.
However, the founders of the Kennedy Trust and its Trustees have always viewed the Scholarship as more than an academic prize. It is intended to help create closer trans-Atlantic relations, and most scholars use it as an opportunity to travel across the US and experience its wide and varied culture and all make life-long friends.
Kennedy Scholars are also expected to spend their time in the United States enriching their lives more broadly. Almost all scholars use the opportunity to learn a language, try a new sport or take advantage of the many other opportunities available in New England – from Boston’s restaurants, museums and high culture to the bright lights of New York. From the annual ritual of the leaf ‘fall’ to the four-year presidential election cycle in nearby New Hampshire, this opportunity is unique.
How do I apply for a Kennedy Scholarship?
In addition to completing an online form, applicants will be asked to submit an essay (which MUST NOT exceed 1,000 words) giving an account of their academic pursuits, general activities and intellectual interests, plus reasons for wishing to study in the United States, choice of course and institution and plans for the future.
When to apply
Applications are made during late summer and early autumn, in the same application season as an application for admission will be made directly to MIT and/or Harvard. Applications for Kennedy Scholarships for 2015-16 will close at 23.59 on Wednesday 29th October. Referees will have an additional week after closure of the individual applications to upload their references.
Applicants will be notified by email if they have been successful, either at the end of November or just before the Christmas holiday period.
Who is eligible to apply?
Those applying for awards must be all of the following:
- British citizens at the time of application;
- ordinarily resident in the UK;
- wholly or mainly educated in the UK.
For more information visit: http://www.kennedytrust.org.uk/display.aspx?Id=1165&pid=0