R.G. Menzies Scholarship to Harvard


Established in 1967 by the Harvard Club of Australia, the scholarship honours a great Australian Statesman and furthers Australian/ American relations.  

Awarded in partnership with The Harvard Club of Australia and The Australian National University, the scholarship program is administered by the ANU for postgraduate study at Harvard University in the United States.

The RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard is awarded annually to at least two talented Australians who have gained admission to a Harvard graduate school. The ideal candidates for the Scholarship are Australians whose primary objective, after completing their studies at Harvard, is to make a significant contribution to Australia's development.

Receiving an R.G. Menzies Scholarship places the scholar in elite company. Previous winners have achieved outstanding progress and recognition in their chosen fields, making major contributions to Australia. Accordingly, all scholars are actively encouraged to support and assist in furthering the objectives of the R.G. Menzies Scholarships throughout their careers. 

Field of study

Any Discipline


To be considered for a Menzies Scholarship, you must be an Honours graduate (or equivalent) of an Australian university or other recognised Australian tertiary institution who:

  • is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, and normally resides in Australia; and
  • intends to return to Australia after completion of their studies at Harvard: or
  • intends to directly represent Australia overseas; and
  • has not commenced or previously undertaken a postgraduate degree course at a United States university; and
  • has applied for, and/or has been admitted to, a full-time residential postgraduate degree program at Harvard University; and
  • must not have accepted another major scholarship of more than 50% of the value of the RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard. Such scholarships include, but are not limited to, Fulbright, Frank Knox, Ramsay and Monash awards.


You must address a number of selection criteria including:

  • qualities of intellect - as demonstrated through academic achievement and likely benefit from study at a Harvard graduate school;
  • qualities of leadership - as demonstrated by prominence in your chosen field or by involvement in, for example, community affairs; and
  • breadth of vision - as evidenced by the way you look at your present or intended profession in relation to its contribution to Australia and the Australian community.

There is no specific weighting for these criteria and the Selection Committee considers all fields of study. Mid-career applicants will also be assessed against an appropriate level of achievement.

The Committee may also consider these factors:

  • financial need and the financial resources available; and
  • field of study - the Committee may consider the academic endeavours of past scholars to broaden the scholarship's focus into all academic areas.

The Committee will also give preference to candidates who are not duplicating graduate studies previously undertaken elsewhere and who have not completed an undergraduate degree in the United States.


The scholarship is valued at up to USD $60,000.

How to apply

Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Further information

For any future assistance or query regarding the application process, please contact: philanthropic.scholarships@anu.edu.au.