- If you are thinking of applying for a Herchel Smith scholarship, you will probably find it helpful to discuss your application with the Senior Tutor.
- You may apply for a scholarship while still an undergraduate, provided that you will have graduated by the time you take it up, or up to the fifth year after graduating from your first degree. If your career has been interrupted, for example for family reasons, you may apply later, but it would be advisable to discuss your circumstances with the Senior Tutor or with Professor Oakley before spending time preparing an application.
- Prospective applicants should consult the Harvard web pages for initial information about the courses available, particularly the course catalogues and the page about the non-degree Special Student option (see table of links below) which will be appropriate for many candidates, especially those applying while still following an undergraduate course at Emmanuel.
- Candidates for Master's degree courses at Harvard in some fields, especially Law, Business and Government, are only rarely admitted straight from a first degree. Some experience in relevant employment is greatly preferred. Moreover all the graduate schools give preference to candidates who wish to read for a master's degree. If you are interested in such subjects and you are applying to take up a scholarship immediately after graduation, you might like to consider the possibility of Special Student status with some courses being taken in the graduate school of your choice. If you wish to discuss this possibility further you should contact the Senior Tutor who may be able to offer you advice on planning such an option.
- Conversely, if you find when you look at the available courses that you are selecting several courses from a particular graduate school, you should consider applying for a master's degree course rather than for Special Student status, if necessary taking a year or two to gain experience first.
- You should be aware that Special Students have low priority for admission to courses, so it may not be possible to get on to every course that you would like to attend.
- Dr Philip Howell, who was himself a Herchel Smith scholar some years ago, has kindly agreed to advise prospective applicants on the social aspects of the scholarships and Harvard generally. He asks that people contact him initially either by telephone at the Geography Department, 33351, or by email, pmh1000 at cam.ac.uk. Dr Oke Odudu also studied at Harvard, and is willing to advise prospective applicants, particularly in relation to Law courses. His email address is oo201 at cam.ac.uk.
- Scholarships are available only in exceptional circumstances to candidates wishing to study for the Harvard MBA. If you wish to do this, and consider that your circumstances are exceptional, please consult the Master before proceeding with your application.
- Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that your nominated referees send their references to the Master's Secretary to reach her by the closing date for applications. If you wish, you may send any or all of the references with your application, but in that case you should ask the referee to enclose the reference in a sealed envelope, and to sign across the seal and cover the signature with transparent self-adhesive tape, before giving it to you.
- The choice of referees is at your discretion, but you will probably wish to ask your Tutor or Director of Studies or a supervisor who knows you well. If you have left the College and are in relevant employment, a reference from your employer or line manager should be considered.
- The deadline for Special Student applications is 1st March in the year in which you wish to go to Harvard, but there is a rolling acceptance procedure, so early application is desirable, but you should not apply until you have heard whether you have been successful in obtaining a scholarship, as that information is likely to help your application. On the other hand, if you are applying for a Master's degree course, the deadline in most cases is earlier, and the competition for places is greater, so you should not wait for the outcome of your Herchel Smith scholarship application before applying to Harvard.
- It is important to arrange accommodation at an early stage. Successful applicants for Herchel Smith Scholarships will be automatically entered in the ballot for graduate accommodation, but you should probably make sure that your name is on the list. There is also an arrangement whereby accommodation for two Herchel Smith scholars is available in Eliot House. (The Harvard houses are very roughly analogous to Cambridge colleges.) If you are interested in this possibility, you should write to Ms Sue Weltman (email weltman at fas.harvard.edu) to tell her so, as soon as you have been accepted by Harvard.
- Candidates should be aware that scholarships are awarded to individuals, and that no additional allowances are payable to scholars accompanied by a spouse or dependents. Travel expenses for standard economy fares between the U.K. and Harvard at the beginning and end of the scholarship will be reimbursed on application to the College Accountant. If you travel to or from Harvard from outside the U.K., the college will consider applications for a contribution to travel expenses, up to the amount of the fare to or from the U.K.
- Herchel Smith scholars are expected to write a short report at the end of their tenure, giving an account of their academic and other experiences during the year at Harvard.
- Those elected to Herchel Smith scholarships are likely to have a strong academic record and to have contributed significantly to the extracurricular activities of the College. They will be people whom the College is proud to see as its representatives at Harvard, and who are likely to make a positive contribution to Harvard as well as gaining personally from the experience. They will normally have a clear vision of their career goals and of the benefits that they expect to obtain from their time at Harvard.