Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Postgraduate, Higher Degree by Research
Study area All study areas
Opening date 14 September 2020
Closing date 15 January 2021


Up to three Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to students from Australia for graduate study at Harvard University in academic year 2021-2022. Knox Fellows are selected through a rigorous competitive process on the basis of academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in their field.


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 2020-2021; OR have completed a first or higher degree and graduated no earlier than 2016.

Please note that persons who graduated before 2016 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. Normally Frank Knox Fellows must be in residence in the Boston/Cambridge area during the first two years of their degree program. (The fellowship will not support students whose programs require extensive field-work during this period.)

    More information can be found on the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships website.

Additional benefits

The Knox Fellowship is a generous fellowship that covers tuition and health fees. It also provides a stipend of at least $32,000 to cover living expenses. 

Before you get started

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How to apply

Current UQ students must submit fellowship applications to by 15 January 2021.

A complete application must include:

  • 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 copies of all academic transcripts
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation.

UQ alumni must submit their application materials directly to the Committee on General Scholarships at Harvard University.  These applicants should also contact Paul Govoni to inquire about the deadline and procedure.

Rebecca Lock
Committee on General Scholarships
Harvard University
14 Story Street, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: +1 617-496-9367

Application documents can be found at the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship website.

Selection criteria

  1. Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in the applicant’s field.
  2. Fellowship offers will be determined based on the recommendations from Australian universities, Harvard University admission decisions, and the review by the Committee on General Scholarships.
  3. Mrs. Knox expressed the hope that recipients of Knox Fellowships, after gaining knowledge and experience from study in the United States, would return to their native countries to become leaders in their chosen fields.


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