The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship program provides funding for students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to conduct graduate study at Harvard University. Through in-country competitions, Knox Fellowships are typically awarded to 15 newly admitted students each year. Knox Fellowship funding is guaranteed for up to two years of study at Harvard for students in degree programs requiring more than one year of study. There can be as many as 30 Knox Fellows at Harvard in any given year.
In establishing the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship program, Annie Reid Knox sought to honor her late husband and his lifelong commitment to America. Throughout his rich and varied career – as newspaper publisher, soldier, vice-presidential candidate and Secretary of the Navy during World War II – Knox championed the concept of democracy as a government of the people. He believed that the United States had been “favored as no other land on earth,” and consequently bore tremendous responsibilities both at home and abroad.
Knox’ insistence that America play an active role in global affairs stemmed in part from an awareness of his country’s own roots, which lay “embedded in British soil.” During World War II, he tirelessly promoted American and British relations, maintaining that cross-cultural exchange between the two countries was vital to international peace.
According to the wishes of Mrs. Knox, Frank Knox Memorial Fellows are selected on the basis of outstanding academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in their fields.
The Knox Fellowship Program is administered by the Committee on General Scholarships at Harvard University.
- 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
- Knox Fellows who plan to bring spouses, partners or other family members with them to Harvard must secure additional sources of funding to support their families
- Knox Fellowship funding is guaranteed for up to two years of study at Harvard for students in degree programs requiring more than one year of study
- The Committee on General Scholarships will consider Knox Fellowship renewals after the second year on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply?
- 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 first or higher degree and will graduate in the academic year 2019-2020; OR have completed a first or higher degree and graduated no earlier than 2015.
- Please note that persons who graduated before 2015 will not be eligible to apply.
- No application will be considered from any student already in the United States.
- Each Knox Fellowship applicant must also submit an Application for Admission directly to the Harvard graduate or professional school of their choice. Knox Fellowships are awarded only to those candidates that gain admission to Harvard as full-time degree-program students. Applicants are urged to begin correspondence with that school’s Admissions Office at the earliest possible date. Applicants should submit Applications for Admission to the appropriate school as early as possible and need not wait for the deadline. Preference will be given to candidates pursuing full-time degree programs.
- Knox Fellowship applicants seeking admission to Harvard Law School should have completed their resident university education and hold a basic degree in Law before applying for an advanced degree program such as the Master of Laws (LLM).
- Knox Fellowships are not awarded for undergraduate study or postdoctoral research, nor do they support medical research, post-doctoral research, or any other research appointment. They are not available for part-time programs or Executive Education programs. Frank Knox Fellows must be in residence during the first two years of their degree program. (The fellowship will not support students whose programs require extensive field-work during this period.)
- Current students enrolled at one of these universities must apply through their university. Candidates must submit their fellowship application through their Australian University liaison according to the deadline and process established by their university. Applicants should reach out to their university’s respective liaison for these university-specifc details. Students will be required to submit:
- A completed and signed Fellowship Application Form
- 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 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 copes of all academic transcripts.
- Two confidential letters of recommendation.
- Applicants who are no longer affiliated with their university (have graduated earlier than 2019) OR whose university is not listed above should apply for consideration directly with the Committee on General Scholarships by submitting an online application.
Up to three Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to students from Canada for graduate study at Harvard University in the 2020-2021 academic year.
The application process for the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship for students from Canada is managed by Universities Canada. Further information, including a short description of the program and the online application, may be found on the Universities Canada website.
Up to three Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to students from New Zealand for graduate study at Harvard University in academic year 2020-2021.
The application process for the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship for students from New Zealand is managed by Universities New Zealand-Te Pokai Tara in Wellington. Application guidelines and materials may be found on their website.
Up to six Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to students from the United Kingdom for graduate study at Harvard University in academic year 2020-2021.
The application process for the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship for students from the United Kingdom is managed by the Secretary of the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships in London. Further information, including application guidelines and materials, may be found at on their website.