Thursday, 23 September 2010

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship,USA

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships are awarded to enable Australian students to study at Harvard University in the United States. This scholarship is funded through the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship program.


Up to three (3) Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships are available to students from Australia for graduate study in any field at Harvard University during the 2011-2012 academic year.


Knox Fellowships include tuition and health insurance fees plus a stipend of at least US$24,000 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.


1. 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
  • have completed or are studying for a degree at an Australian university
  • have completed their degree no earlier than 2009 or will graduate before September 2011

2. No application will be considered from any student already in the United States.

4. Candidates from all fields of study are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to degree seeking candidates.

5. Knox Fellowships are not awarded for postdoctoral research at Harvard University.

6. Applicants for the Frank Knox Fellowship must apply for and gain admission to one of the ten graduate or professional schools* at Harvard University as full-time degree students or, as permitted by certain Harvard schools, as full-time, non-degree Special Students. Candidates should contact the particular Harvard school(s) they wish to attend for further information about the programs offered by the school(s).

*The ten graduate/professional schools of Harvard are: the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Graduate School of Design; Graduate School of Education; Harvard Business School; Harvard Divinity School; Harvard Kennedy School; Harvard Law School; Harvard Medical School; Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Application Process

Applications for the 2011-2012 academic year are now being accepted. Candidates must complete the required documents listed below and submit a hard copy to the Melbourne Scholarships Office, John Smyth Building, University of Melbourne, 3010.

The Frank Knox Fellowship application is separate from the candidate's application for admission to one of the Harvard University schools. Applications for admission must be submitted to the appropriate school according to the deadlines established at that school. The awarding of a fellowship is contingent upon the applicant gaining admission to the Harvard school of choice. Admission to the University does not guarantee a fellowship award.

Required Documents

Each applicant must submit:

  • A completed and signed Fellowship Application Form, which is obtainable from the Frank Knox Fellowships website at: The application form must be kept in its original format.
  • 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. One of the two letters should be from the applicant's academic supervisor.

Application Outcome

Applicants will be advised if they have been short-listed by the University of Melbourne approximately four weeks after the application closing date.


Fellows are selected on the basis of academic excellence, strength of character and potential for leadership in their field.

Closing Date

Applications close 5.00pm on Friday, 3 December 2010.

For further information

Further information can be obtained from or by contacting:

Rebecca Bauer

Assistant Director

Committee on General Scholarships

Harvard University

Phone: 0011-1-617-496-5042

Fax: 0011-1-617-496-4545


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