Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships for Study at Harvard University

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

Any Discipline


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 degree and will graduate in the academic year 2020-2021; OR have completed a degree and graduated no earlier than 2016. Please note that persons who graduated before 2016 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.


Knox Fellowships include tuition and health insurance fees plus a stipend of at least $32,000, 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.

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

Current ANU students can apply for the Frank Knox Scholarship by submitting their fellowship application through the Australian Unverisity liason. Students will be required to submit:

  1. A completed and signed Fellowship Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. 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.
  4. Certified copes of all academic transcripts. 
  5. Two confidential letters of recommendation. 


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