Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships for Study at Harvard University

Overview

The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships were established at Harvard University in honor of the late Frank Knox, who served as Secretary of the U.S. Navy in the 1940s and who believed that strong ties between the United States and the British Commonwealth were essential to international peace. The Knox Memorial Fellowship program promotes this legacy through scholarly exchange, in part by providing fellowships to students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom who wish to conduct graduate study at one of Harvard University's ten graduate or professional schools - the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Design, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Up to three (3) Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to students from Australia for graduate study in any field at Harvard University during academic year 2016-2017. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in their field.

Eligibility

Knox Fellowships are open to men and women who:

  • are citizens of Australia at the time of application and who are normally residing in Australia; AND
  • have completed or will complete a first or higher degree at an Australian university; AND
  • are studying for a degree and will graduate in the academic year 2015-2016; OR have completed a degree and graduated no earlier than 2011. Please note that persons who graduated before 2011 will not be eligible to apply.

Knox Fellowships do not support medical research or other research appointments at Harvard University. No application will be considered from any student already in the United States.

Candidates from all fields of study are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to degree seeking candidates.

Benefits

Knox Fellowships include tuition and health insurance fees plus a stipend of at least $27,000, which is sufficient to cover living expenses of a single fellow for a ten-month academic year. Recipients who are admitted to a Harvard degree program that requires multiple years of study are guaranteed two years of Knox funding, provided they remain in good academic standing.

How to apply

The Frank Knox Fellowship application is separate from the candidate's application for admission to one of the Harvard University schools. Applicants for the Frank Knox Fellowship must also apply for and gain admission to one of the graduate or professional schools at Harvard University as full-time degree students.

Applications for admission must be submitted to the appropriate school according to the deadlines established at that school. The awarding of a fellowship is contingent upon the applicant gaining admission to the Harvard school of choice. Admission to the University does not guarantee a fellowship award.

Each nominee must complete the documents listed below and submit a copy to the Knox Fellowship liaison on his/her campus according to that office's procedures and deadlines. A complete application package should include:

  • A completed and signed Fellowship Application Form, which is obtainable from the Frank Knox Fellowships website. The application form must be kept in its original format.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Short essay of no more than 1,000 words, which provides an account of the applicant's academicpursuits, intellectual interests, extra-curricular activities, and the reasons for his/her desire to study at Harvard University; the essay should also explain the applicant's plan of study at Harvard and his/her future career plans.
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation.

Selection

Scholarship Applications will be received and shortlisted by ANU prior to submission to the Harvard for consideration.  When reviewing and ranking applicants ANU will use the following criteria:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Strong personal characteristics of the candidate
  • Evidence of future leadership potential in their chosen field

Further information

Students who have graduated and are no longer affiliated with the Australian National University may submit their application directly to the Committee on General Scholarships at Harvard University.