Scholarships and internships
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Please carefully read the eligibility criteria. Some restrictions apply.

Up to three (3) Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to students from Canada for graduate study at Harvard University in the academic year 2013-2014.

In establishing the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship program at Harvard University, Annie Reid Knox sought to honor her late husband and his lifelong commitment to America. According to the wishes of Mrs. Knox, Frank Knox Memorial Fellows are selected on the basis of outstanding academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in their fields.

Eligibility:

1) Knox Fellowships are open to men and women who:

  • are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada at the time of application and who are normally residing in Canada.
  • have completed a first degree or higher degree at a Canadian university which must be a member or affiliated to a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).
  • have completed, or will complete, a first or higher degree and will graduate in the academic year 2012-2013.
Please note that persons who graduated before 2008 will not be eligible to apply.

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

3) Knox Fellowships are not awarded for undergraduate study or postdoctoral research.

4) 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 or — as permitted by certain Harvard schools — as non-degree Special Students or Visiting Fellows. Applicants should contact the particular Harvard school they wish to attend for further information about degree and non-degree programs offered by that school. Each applicant must meet the particular admission requirements, timetable and deadlines of that school. 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.

Citizens of Canada who are currently studying in or graduated from a university in another Knox-eligible country (Australia, New Zealand, 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 are asked to contact Rebecca Lock at the Committee on General Scholarships at Harvard University to discuss their particular circumstances — rbauerlock@fas.harvard.edu.

Value: 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.

Number available: Up to three fellowships for graduate studies (Master's and Ph.D.) will be offered.

Eligible institution: Harvard University.

Application procedures: The application process for the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard University for students from Canada is managed by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

Candidates interested in applying must use the official Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard University application form, which can be downloaded (see below). The applicant must submit the full application package directly to the AUCC postmarked no later than November 30, 2012. The full application package must include:

  • a completed Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard University application form;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • an official and complete university transcript* of all university marks. Applicants studying medicine are required to also submit their rotation report;
  • two signed reference letters with the references' original signatures. The references should include the names and addresses of the two (2) referees, each of whom should be asked to complete the reference by the applicant and each referee should then send it directly to the AUCC by November 30, 2012, (please note that the responsibility for ensuring that letters of reference are forwarded to the AUCC on time rests solely with the applicant - the AUCC does not pursue late letters of reference from referees);
  • a short essay - which must not exceed 1,000 words - providing 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 plans;
  • Letter of Endorsement Form (nomination form). Note that the Letter of Endorsement Form must be completed by the appropriate university official in the foreign country for candidates who have graduated from a university in another Knox-eligible country (Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom);

* A transcript will be considered acceptable only if it meets the following criteria:

  1. It is presented on the official paper of the institution;
  2. It bears the appropriate signature(s) and/or seal of the institution.

Candidate Selection Process:

  1. Upon receipt by the AUCC, applications will be ranked nationally by a Selection Committee composed of senior faculty or academic staff from a cross-section of Canada's higher education institutions. Finalists are then nominated to Harvard for final consideration.
  2. Failure to respect the application requirements, length of essay, number of letters of reference, etc. will negatively affect the evaluation of your application.
  3. Final selection of winners is made by Harvard's Committee on General Scholarships based on the ranking of finalists provided by the AUCC and in consideration of Harvard's admissions decisions for all short-listed candidates.
  4. Candidates will be selected on the basis of future promise of leadership. Strength of character, keen mind, a balanced judgment and devotion to the democratic ideal will be the qualities borne in mind in making the final selection.
  5. 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.

Please note: The application form and all supporting documents (essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation) must be submitted in English only.

For more information: For additional information about the fellowship program, please consult the Harvard University website or contact awards@aucc.ca.


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