- When will the updated application material be available?
Applications will go live in mid-August, so updated application material is usually available from late July. The deadline for completed applications will be 23.59 on a day in late October. Please see the Prospectus for the precise closing date.
- General Advice
Please read the Kennedy Prospectus. This gives detailed information regarding eligibility, application requirements and selection criteria.
- Is there someone who can advise me?
You are welcome to ring the office on 020 7222 1151 to discuss a potential application. Please read the Prospectus and do some research on possible courses at Harvard and/or MIT before you ring.
- What is the relationship between Kennedy Scholarships and Frank Knox Fellowships?
Kennedy Scholarships are part of the British national memorial to President Kennedy. Frank Knox Fellowships are offered by Harvard University and the UK awards are currently administered by the Kennedy Memorial Trust in association with Harvard University. The formal relationship between the two awards is therefore a purely administrative one. They are two totally distinct awards, with separate applications procedures.
- Can I apply for both a Kennedy Scholarship and a Frank Knox Fellowship?
Yes. These are totally separate awards and you would only be asked to choose between them if awarded both at interview.
- Who should I provide as my referees?
Please note that referees' contact details are compulsory fields on your application form and you should request permission of those whose details you give.
You must give a professional email address - not a gmail or hotmail account, for instance.
You are asked for one referee who has supervised some aspect of your academic work at university. Your second referee does not need to be an academic but should be someone familiar with your performance at university as well as afterwards. Be aware that a generic reference from an employer will rarely advance an applicant's case. If you have been employed for some time and have someone who is free to write in some detail in support of you and your application, then they could be a good choice for your second referee. You are welcome to ring the office for advice regarding potential referees.
- Can I use the same essay and referees for both my Kennedy and Knox application?
Yes. Kennedy and Knox applications are read by different panels.
- Must I have met all requirments for admission to my US programme before applying for either award?
The short answer is No. The important thing here is that you are aware of the application deadline for the programme of your choice and are beginning to put together a serious academic application for it. If you are intending to take a degree programme, the US deadline will be some time between early December and early January and you will need to have completed your GREs by that time too. You do not have to have done this before submitting your Kennedy Scholarship application.
- I have an application pending for other awards; does that matter?
No. You will only be asked to choose as deadlines arise.
- I have an application pending for UK citizenship. May I apply?
Your UK citizenship has to have been granted by the time you apply for a Kennedy Scholarship and you have to have been educated wholly or mainly in the UK.
- Dual citizenship
Dual citizenship is not a barrier to applying for a Kennedy Scholarship, as long as you meet the criteria re residency and educational history.
- Do I need a First Class degree to apply?
The short answer is: "No." You do not need a first class degree to apply for a Kennedy Scholarship. However, you should bear in mind the intense competition for places at both Harvard and MIT. The strength of your academic profile will obviously be the significant factor in admissions decisions at these institutions and it therefore also features strongly in the scholarship competition. It is sadly possible to win the provisional offer of a scholarship at interview and then not be able to take it up because of non-admission to the US programme of your choice. You should note, too, that First Class students tend to make the strongest applicants for Special Student and non-degree status.
- I am already enrolled on a Master's programme in the UK. May I apply for a subsequent one in the US?
Yes. There are no restrictions on the number of Master's programmes taken prior to a scholarship application.
- The US Master's I would like is wrapped up within a PhD programme. May I leave after the Master's element?
You should only apply for the PhD programme if you genuinely intend to complete that degree.
- I am already partway through a programme in the US. May I apply for funding?
- Must my US application be submitted by the award deadline in October?
The short answer is No. What is important here is that you make your Harvard/MIT application in the same application season as your Kennedy application and that you meet all Harvard/MIT deadlines and any additional requirements for the programme of your choice. Kennedy Scholarships cannot be deferred. You must therefore complete your university application for admission in the same season or withdraw from that particular year's competition.
- Do I need to take the GRE tests?
Most degree programmes at Harvard and MIT, apart from the LLM, request these tests or an equivalent. Check the requirements for your preferred course thoroughly as your test results, if required, constitute part of your formal application for admission.
Visit www.ets.org/gre for information and access to practice material.
UK Arts graduates should particularly invest time in preparing for the Quantitative test. Applicants to doctoral programmes should prepare thoroughly for these and for any subject-specific tests which may be required.
- Do the CPE/GDL and/or LPC/BVC count as a year at a UK university or university college for a Kennedy Scholarship?
- May I apply for graduate programmes at both Harvard and MIT?
Yes. Choices would only have to be made after gaining admission and a scholarship.
- I will apply as a Special Student. Can I delay my US application until after the interviews?
Yes. The deadline for Special Student applications at both Harvard GSAS and MIT is not until early March, so after the interviews.
Harvard Kennedy School non-degree applicants will have to apply ahead of the interviews. Check the HKS website; the deadline for non-degree students is now the same as for all other HKS programs, usually early December. Please call the office re GREs.
- I will be applying for a Visiting Fellowship. Can I delay my US application until after the interviews?
Yes. The deadline for applications for Visiting Fellowships is early March, so after the interview date.
- Will you confirm receipt of my application?
Once you complete and submit your Kennedy Scholarship application online, we will send you an email to confirm receipt. You will then hear from us again either at the end of November or just before the office closes for the Christmas break.
- I need to change something on my application. Is this possible?
Unfortunately, once you have submitted your application form online you cannot change your details.
If you have a major problem, please contact Annie Thomas on 020 7222 1151.
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