Cambridge University Reporter

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships

Please note that the closing date has passed. Next year's timetable is likely to be similar

The President and Fellows of Harvard College have announced that fellowships provided by Mrs Annie Reid Knox for the Frank Knox Memorial Foundation will be made available to enable students from the United Kingdom to study at Harvard University.

Recipients who are admitted to a Harvard degree program requiring multiple years of study are guaranteed two years of Knox funding, provided they remain in good academic standing. Degree candidates in their third year and beyond are eligible to apply for additional support. Recipients who are admitted to one-year degree programs or as Special Students of Visiting Fellows will, ordinarily, be guaranteed funding for one year.

Frank Knox Fellows must apply for and gain admission to one of the graduate or professional schools at Harvard University. The Fellows must be admitted to Harvard as full-time degree programme students or, as permitted by certain Harvard schools, full-time, non-degree Special Students or Visiting Fellows. Candidates should contact the particular Harvard school(s) they wish to attend for further information about degrees and non-degree programmes offered by the school(s).

Candidates wishing to undertake the M.B.A. should normally have completed at least two years' full-time employment in industry, business, or public service by September 2007.

Candidates seeking admission to the Law School should note that the School requires students to have completed their resident university education and hold a basic degree in Law before applying for an advanced degree programme (Master of Laws).

Knox Fellowships are not awarded for postdoctoral study at Harvard.

It is absolutely vital that each candidate file an admissions application directly with the Graduate School of his or her choice at Harvard University; and each candidate must meet the admission requirements and timetable of the School concerned. Candidates are urged to begin correspondence with the particular school at the earliest possible date. Admission to a School is a prior condition of the award of a Knox Fellowship. Contact addresses for the various Graduate Schools are listed below:

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Admissions Office, Holyoke Centre, 3rd Floor, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138,

Special Student and Visiting Fellow Office, Holyoke Centre, 3rd Floor, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, e-mail: (then click on Non-degree programmes)

Harvard Business School

M.B.A. Admissions Office, Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02163,

Harvard Divinity School

Admissions Office, 14 Divinity Avenue, Room 214, Cambridge, MA 02138,

Kennedy School of Government

Admissions Office, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138,

Harvard School of Public Health

Admissions Office, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115,

Graduate School of Design

Admissions Office, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138,

Graduate School of Education

Admissions Office, 111 Longfellow Hall, Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138,

Harvard Law School

Graduate Program Office, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue - LILC 203, Cambridge, MA 02138,

Candidates should submit applications for admission to the appropriate School at the earliest possible time and need not wait for the deadline.

The value of each Fellowship is $20,000 plus tuition and health insurance fee. This should be adequate for the expenses and support of an unmarried Fellow who, it is hoped, can be assigned to one of the University dormitories or halls. Travel grants are not awarded but in cases of severe hardship application can be made to Harvard for financial assistance towards travel costs.


The Fellowships advertised in the United Kingdom are open to men and women who:

(a) are British citizens at the time of application, and normally resident in the United Kingdom;
(b) are studying for a first or higher degree and have spent at least two of the last four years at a UK University or University College at the time of application; and
(c) have graduated, or will graduate in the academic year 2006-07.

Please note that persons who graduated before 2005 will not be eligible to apply, and no applicant on will be considered from any student already in the United States.

In accordance with the Deed of Gift, special regard will be given to personal qualities. The following is an extract from the Deed:

'Candidates will be selected on the basis of future promise of leadership. Strength of character, keen mind, a balanced judgement, and devotion to the democratic ideal will be the qualities borne in mind in making the final selection. The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships were established in the conviction that co-operation between the British Commonwealth and the United States of America based on an informed and understanding contact of the peoples of these two great countries is an essential to international peace'.

Mrs Knox expressed the hope that holders of the Fellowships, after gaining knowledge and experience from the study away from the United Kingdom, would return to their homes to become leaders in their chosen field.


All candidates should apply on the appropriate application form (eight copies) obtainable from the Registrar of his or her University or University College or from the Fellowship office. The application form must be kept in its original format. Applications must be sent to the Head of the applicant's University or Head of College, as appropriate and should be transmitted with a letter indicating that the candidate is in good standing, to the Secretary, Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships, 3 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ, as soon as possible and not later than 27 October 2006.

Applications should be accompanied by one confidential reference (eight copies) from the academic supervisor of the candidate's work and one other person should be asked to send a confidential reference about the candidate direct to the Secretary.

N.B. To each copy of the application, candidates should also attach a short essay (which must not exceed 1,000 words) giving an account of their academic pursuits, general activities, and intellectual interests, plus reasons for wishing to study in the United States and for choice of course and institution, and with their plans for the future.

Candidates will be informed as soon as possible after the closing date whether they have been selected for interview. The interviews of short-listed applicants will be held in London in January 2007.