Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships for Study at Harvard University 2025-2026

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Applications open: 1/09/2024
Applications close: 1/02/2025

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About this scholarship

Disclaimer - This fellowship is made available and administered by Harvard University’s Committee on General Scholarships and is not affiliated with Curtin.  You should contact Harvard University’s Committee on General Scholarships for up to date information about the scholarship, and to apply.

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. This website provides information for applicants in Australia.

  • Current Students

  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)

  • Undergraduate

  • Curtin students wanting to study overseas

  • Australian Citizen

  • Merit Based

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.

Please note that as a condition of acceptance of a Knox Fellowship, a recipient is required to notify the Committee on General Scholarships about any other scholarships, fellowships or income that he/she expects to receive during the year in which the Knox Fellowship is granted. The Committee on General Scholarships reserves the right to reduce the amount of a Knox Fellowship in cases where the recipient will receive scholarships, fellowships or income from other sources.

It should also be noted that a Knox Fellowship award does not guarantee admission to Harvard. All Knox Fellowship applicants must also apply for admission to the Harvard graduate school of their choice. The awarding of a Knox Fellowship is, therefore, contingent upon the applicant gaining admission to Harvard.


Scholarship Details

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


  • 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 2024-2025; OR
    • have completed a first or higher degree and graduated no earlier than 2020. 
    • Please note that persons who graduated before 2020 are 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.
  • 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 online or 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.)
  • Citizens of Australia who are currently studying in or graduated from a university in another Knox-eligible country may be eligible to submit a Knox Fellowship application. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis and candidates are asked to contact the Committee on General Scholarships at Harvard University. See contact information below.

    Application process

    How to Apply: 

  • Applicants are required to submit an online application . Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2025 at 11:59 pm ET. Supplemental materials as part of the online application include:
    • 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.
  • Note: The online applications portal will be updated closer to the scholarship applications open date. 

    Candidate Selection Process:

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

    Contact Information: 
    Committee on General Scholarships 
    Harvard University 
    14 Story Street, 3rd Floor 
    Cambridge, MA 02138 
    Telephone: 617-496-9367 
    Email: [email protected] 


    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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    Committee on General Scholarships
    Harvard University
    14 Story Street, 3rd Floor
    Cambridge, MA 02138

    Telephone: 617-496-9367
    Email: [email protected]

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