The Kennedy Scholars course is a distinctive feature of the Gateway’s offer: a special opportunity for exceptional Juniors in the College of Arts and Letters to develop independent research skills and ideas for their upcoming senior thesis. Through exploration of world-class collections and British locations, the Kennedy Scholars will engage with a range of research skills and methodologies, and are encouraged to look at their studies through a different lens.
The seminar builds towards a provisional research proposal, which can serve as the foundation for grant applications and a Senior thesis research project. Students who successfully complete the seminar are eligible for exclusive grant funding to support their senior thesis work. Applications are solicited from students who are accepted to the London Undergraduate Program in the semester before their departure.
What to expect from the Kennedy Scholars Seminar
- Exploration of a rich range of research locations around London and the UK, with behind the scenes visits to special collections, archives and museums
- Hands on experience working with materials from the newly acquired G.K. Chesterton collection housed at the London Global Gateway
- Discussion of personal research ideas with UK-based academics
- Personal support to develop a provisional research proposal, which can serve as the foundation of a Senior Research project, and grant applications
- Trips to Oxford, and to Durham University to explore the plethora of research opportunities
- Students who successfully complete the seminar are eligible for exclusive grant funding to support their senior thesis work.
A letter to future Kennedy Scholars
Learning how to do proper research is such a fundamental part not only of one’s academic success but also one’s professional success. Whether you chose a career in academia, law, finance, journalism, consulting, etc. you will always be researching to gather information to make an informed decision grounded in facts and supported by evidence.
London, which is one of the world’s truly global cities, and the rest of the UK is a treasure trove for researchers given the long history of the UK that spans centuries and touches many parts of Europe and the rest of the world. The British have diligently archived so much of its own history that it is ripe for exploration by curious minds, making London a perfect place to learn the art of research.
My wife and I have called this wonderful place our home for over a decade and wanted the Kennedy’s Scholars to really boost their academic experience while here. Staff in London will get you access to some of the most unique archives and places of interest that few have seen, giving the student a true insider’s view of all the UK has to offer.
We also realize you are not here for long so we have also allowed the Scholars to come back to Europe on a research trip their senior year for more research and exploration after they have had time to develop their senior thesis. - Bill Kennedy
To learn more about the experiences of previous Kennedy Scholars, please see: Kennedy Scholars: The art of research