How to Apply

When is the competition for 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. For Kennedy Scholarships tenable during 2021-22, applications will open on Wednesday 12th August 2020 and will close at 23.59 on Wednesday 21st October 2020. Referees will have an additional week after closure of the individual applications to upload their references.

Who is eligible to apply?
See the Call for Applications for full eligibility stipulations. Potential applicants are welcome to contact 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.

Here is a review of the previous five years' application statistics.

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, their reasons for wishing to study in the United States and their choice of course and institution, and their plans for the future.

An online application can be started, 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. Since this is close to most of the Harvard and MIT deadlines, applicants should prepare their US application, along with any GREs and subject-specific tests, whilst they wait to hear from the Trust.  Mid-December is too late to get everything completed.

Please read the Call for Applications 2021-22 for more information.

Scholar Profiles
Nathan Taylor, 1990
"The Scholarship meant a huge amount to me, especially looking back now."
Nathan Taylor, 1990