Kennedy Scholarship is open apply now for this scholarships. Kennedy Scholarships provide full funding for up to ten British post-graduate students to study at either Harvard University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Susan Hockfield, the sixteenth President of MIT, described the Kennedy Scholarships program as a way to “offer exceptional students unique opportunities to broaden their intellectual and personal horizons, in ways that are more important than ever in an era defined by global interaction.”. In 2007, 163 applications were received, of which 10 were ultimately selected, for an acceptance rate of 6.1%.

The Kennedy Scholarship is an academic award for study at two of the world’s finest universities – Harvard and MIT. It can be used to fund a wide variety of programmes at MIT and across all the graduate schools within Harvard – from Ph.D. to LLM, from MPH to MArch.   It can also fund a Special Studentship for those wanting a general programme of non-degree study.

The Kennedy Scholarships are for British post-graduate students to study at either Harvard or MIT.

The students will begin their courses of study in America beginning in September and will remain there for one year. The scholarships can be used to fund a wide variety of programmes at MIT and across all the graduate schools within Harvard.

When is the competition for the Kennedy Scholarships held?

Applications are invited during late summer and early autumn, in the same application season as an application for admission should be made, by the applicant, direct to MIT and/or Harvard. Applications for Kennedy Scholarships for 2019-20 will open on Monday 13th August 2019 and close at 23.59 on Wednesday 24th October. Referees will have an additional week after the closure of the individual applications to upload their references.

Who is eligible to apply?

See Point 4 of the Prospectus for full eligibility stipulations. Potential applicants are welcome to ring the office for advice at any time during the year.
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
  • graduates of a British university.

Applications cannot be accepted from those already in the United States.

There is no additional funding for dependents.

What makes a strong application?

Click here for a summary.

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.

You can start an online application, once the start-date has passed, by clicking the Apply Online box in the top right of this page and selecting Kennedy Scholarship.

When might I be notified?

Applicants will be notified by email, either at the end of November or just before the Christmas holiday period.