This financial support is not administered by the University.
The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships were established at Harvard University in 1945 by a gift from Annie Reid Knox, wife of the late Frank Knox, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Navy in the 1940s. Frank Knox 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 Harvard University. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic excellence, strength of character and potential for leadership in their field.
Field of study
The Frank Knox Fellowships are open to applicants 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 first or higher degree and will graduate in the academic year 2022-2023; OR have completed a first or higher degree and graduated no earlier than 2018. Please note that persons who graduated before 2018 will not be eligible to apply.
Knox Fellowships do not support medical research, post-doctoral research or other research appointments at Harvard University. Normally, Frank Knox Fellows must be in residence in the Cambridge/Boston area for the first two academic years of their degree program. The fellowship will not support students whose programs require extensive fieldwork during this period. No application will be considered from any student already in the United States or applicants enrolling in part-time degree programs or Executive Education programs as they are not eligible for Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships.Candidates seeking admission to Harvard Law School should note that the School requires students to have completed their resident university education and hold a basic degree in Law before applying for an advanced degree program (Master of Laws).
Candidates from all fields of study are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to degree seeking candidates.
A Knox Fellowship pays full Harvard tuition and mandatory health insurance fees and provides a stipend sufficient to cover the living expenses of a single Fellow for a 10-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 Knox Fellowship online application for Australians for the 2023-2024 academic year competition is now closed. Please refer to the information below for application requirements in future academic years.
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.All interested applicants will be required to submit an online application and submit the following supplementary materials:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Short essay of no more than 1,000 words, which provides an account of the applicant's academic pursuits, intellectual interests, extra-curricular activities, and the reasons for their desire to study at Harvard University; the essay should also explain the applicant's plan of study at Harvard and their future career plans.
- Certified copes of all academic transcripts.
- Two confidential letters of recommendation.
Citizens of Australia who are currently studying in or graduated from a university in another Knox-eligible country may be eligible to submit a Knox Fellowship application. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis and candidates are asked to contact the Committee on General Scholarships at Harvard University.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in the applicant's field.
For further information, you can also contact the Committee on General Scholarships at Harvard University on
Telephone: +1 617-496-9367