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Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships for Study at Harvard University 2019 - 2020 - Closed

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships for Study at Harvard University 2019 - 2020 is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED


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About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships were established at Harvard University in honour of the late Frank Knox, who served as Secretary of the U.S. Navy in the 1940s and who 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 one of Harvard University’s ten graduate or professional schools. Up to three (3) Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to students from Australia for graduate study in any field at Harvard University during academic year 2019 - 2020. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in their field.


Any students who are considering applying for this prestigious scholarship are encouraged to contact Curtin's Scholarships Office as early as possible. The Scholarships Office can provide a range of support and mentoring for interested students throughout the application process.

Final, complete applications must be submitted to the Scholarships Office by Monday 3rd December 2018. Curtin will then submit all applications to Harvard University on behalf of the students by the external deadline.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Health Sciences
  • Science & Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Faculty of Business and Law
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Postgraduate Coursework
Specifically for
  • Curtin students wanting to study overseas

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based

Knox Fellowships include tuition and health insurance fees, plus a stipend of $30,000 USD, 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.


Eligible courses

All study fields are eligible, however Knox Fellowships do not support medical research, post-doctoral research, or other research appointments at Harvard University.

Eligibility criteria
  1. Knox Fellowships are open to men and women who:
    1. are citizens of Australia at the time of application and who are normally residing in Australia; AND
    2. have completed or will complete a first or higher degree at an Australian university; AND
    3. are studying for a first or higher degree and will graduate in the academic year 2018-2019; OR have completed a first or higher degree and graduated no earlier than 2014.
    4. Please note that persons who graduated before 2014 will not be eligible to apply.
  2. No application will be considered from any student already in the United States.
  3. Each Knox Fellowship applicant must also submit an Application for Admission directly to the Harvard graduate or professional school of his/her 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.)

How to apply

Application process

Information about the fellowship and application materials can be found at: 

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 apply for and gain admission to one of the graduate or professional schools at Harvard University as full-time degree students, or as full-time students. 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.

A complete Frank Knox Fellowship application should include:

  • A completed and Signed Fellowship application Form: (The application form must be kept in its original format.)
  • CV
  • Short essay of no more than 1000 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

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel using the following criteria:

  • Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in the applicant’s field.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Current Curtin Students
Curtin University Scholarships Office by Monday 3rd December by following methods:

Accepted formats are:
1.    PDF (preferred)
2.    JPEG
3.    JPG
4.    DOC

If you are emailing your application please print your completed application form, sign, scan and email to the Scholarships Office along with your supporting documentation.

Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, Level 1
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845

In Person:
Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, Level 1
Kent Street

Please note (for all applicants):

  • The fellowship application is separate from the candidate’s application for admission.
  • Each candidate must file an ADMISSIONS APPLICATION directly with the graduate school of his/her choice at Harvard University, and are urged to begin correspondence with the particular school at the earliest possible date. The awarding of a Knox Fellowship is contingent upon the applicant gaining admission to Harvard University.
  • Admission to the university does not guarantee a fellowship award.
  • Candidates who are no longer affiliated with their university (have graduated earlier than 2018) OR whose university is not listed should contact Paul Govoni (contact details listed below) at the Committee on General Scholarships to verify eligibility and receive further application instructions. See contact information below. Eligible candidates will ultimately apply through an online portal so they do not need to fill out the Fellowship Application Form.
Paul Govoni
Committee on General Scholarships
Harvard University
14 Story Street, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138

Telephone: 617-495-5126

Contact addresses for the various graduate schools are listed below:
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
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


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Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992

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Application for Curtin University nomination process closes on 3rd December 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted.


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