Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships at Harvard University

Closing date: 01/11/2022
Applications closed on 1 November each year.
Value of Award: See 'Additional Information.'
No. of awards: Varies.
Tenure: Refer to the application organisation.

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The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships were established at Harvard University by Annie Reid Knox in honour of her late husband Frank Knox who served as Secretary of the U.S. Navy in the 1940s.

The Frank 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.

Selection criteria:

  • Knox Fellowships are open to men and women who: 1. are New Zealand citizens at the time of application, normally resident in New Zealand; and 2. have completed or will complete a first or higher degree at a New Zealand university; and 3. are studying for a first or higher degree and will be eligible to graduate in 2015; or have completed a first or higher degree and graduated no earlier than 2011. Please note that persons who graduated before 2010 will not be eligible to apply. Applications through country of citizenship: Citizens of New Zealand who are currently studying at or have recently graduated from a university in another knox-eligible country (Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom) may be eligible to submit a Knox Fellowship application. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis and candidates should contact Rebecca Lock at the Committee on General Scholarships at Harvard University to discuss their particular circumstances.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Candidates should complete an application using the Universities NZ on-line scholarships application website:
Universities NZ on-line scholarship application website.

Decision makers
Nominations decided by the Scholarships Committee of Universities New Zealand-Te Pokai Tara at their annual meeting in December.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
New Zealand nominations to Harvard Committee on General scholarships are made in December. Final decisions are made by Harvard in March/April of the following year.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Mrs Knox expressed the hope that holders of the fellowships, after gaining knowledge and experience from study away from their native land, will return to their home to become leaders in their chosen fields.

Additional information
Value of Fellowship: A Knox Fellowship pays Harvard tuition and health insurance fees and provides a stipend sufficient to cover a student's living expenses for the 10-month academic year. Knox Fellowship funding is guaranteed for up to two years of study at Harvard for students in degree programmes requiring more than one year of study.

Who else has information about this award?

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara

PO Box 11915 Wellington 6142

Phone: +64 4 381 8510


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