The Harlech Scholars’ Trust commemorates the memory of the late Lord Harlech with the creation of an endowed scholarship between Harvard University and New College, Oxford, which is Lord Harlech's alma mater. Alternating each year, the Harlech Scholarship is awarded to a Harvard student to attend New College and for a New College student to attend Harvard. 

New College Students applying to Harvard

The Harlech Scholar will be a Special Student in the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. The Scholarship consists of a maintenance grant of at least US $26,000, full tuition and health insurance fees and a substantial contribution towards one return air fare. 

Applicants must be citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, unmarried, under the age of 26 on 1 January 2019, and either (a) undergraduates at New College who will have completed at least 6 terms’ residence on 1 January 2019 or (b) immediate graduates of New College, by whom any postgraduate study must be being undertaken at a UK university.

Applications should be made in writing to the Secretary, Harlech Scholars’ Trust, 3 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ, or emailed to by the relevant December deadline. They should include:

  • 9 copies of a curriculum vitae; and

  •  9 copies of a Personal Statement which particularly addresses the points above.

  • Two confidential references which should be sent by referees directly to Birdcage Walk to arrive by the same deadline.

Interviews are then held in mid-January in the year of admission, in London.

Harvard students applying to New College

The Harlech Scholarship is awarded in alternate years to a Harvard student to attend New College, Oxford, for one academic year. The scholarship covers tuition and fees, round-trip air travel, and a stipend to cover living expenses.

Students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and students in the Senior Class of the College are eligible to apply. Only unmarried candidates will be considered, and applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Harvard Harlech Scholars attend New College in one of 2 capacities:

  • As a student enrolled on a graduate degree at the University of Oxford
  • As a Visiting Student, in which case they may either take a year of an undergraduate course at New College, or pursue independent research.

An enrolled graduate student would take a 9-month Masters course. A Visiting Student opting for an undergraduate course would typically take the second year of a 3-year programme. A Visiting Student conducting their own research would be supported by one of the New College fellows and would also be free to attend lectures.