Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship

Applications due: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 11:59pm via CARAT

The Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship program comprises four separate scholarships, each providing for one year of study at Cambridge University

  • Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholarship (Emmanuel College)
  • John Eliot Scholarship (Jesus College)
  • Lt. Charles H. Fiske III Scholarship (Trinity College)
  • Gov. William Shirley Scholarship (Pembroke College)

Applicants must be Harvard College graduating seniors.

Each of the four scholarships provides for tuition and fees, and lodging expenses for one year (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms), as well as a generous stipend to cover additional expenses, transportation, and some travel.

Selection criteria:  
The selection committee—made up of former recipients of the scholarship—looks for people who have been actively engaged in their passions, who have learned and grown at Harvard, and who give promise of further learning and growth. There is no requirement of a particular grade point average or concentration.  Ambassadorial qualities are as important as academic strengths. The achievements of scholarship winners are often outstanding, but these are neither the only basis of selection nor emblematic of a formula that ensures it.

By far the most important parts of an application are the student’s essay and the letters of recommendation - these give the committee some sense of the individual behind the achievements. The committee is not seeking merit-badge collectors; a sense of adventure and a willingness to take risks may mean more than a string of safe successes. No specific extracurricular activities or positions automatically qualify someone for either an interview or selection.  The essay should therefore devote greater attention to the applicant’s background and interests than to a program of study. The selection committee’s focus is on the person, especially as one poised to make the most of the Cambridge experience. Applicants must apply on their own for admission to their chosen degree program.

  • Applications due:  Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 11:59pm
  • Semi-finalist interviews: late January
  • Finalist interviews: mid-February

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