The Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship to Harvard

The Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship to Harvard is one of Australia's most prestigious national awards for postgraduate study in the United States. Inaugurated in 1967 by prominent Australian alumni of Harvard to honour the Australian statesman and longest-serving Prime Minister, the Menzies Scholarship grants have assisted over eighty-eight talented Australians to undertake post graduate study in a wide range of disciplines. While not exhaustive, these include architecture, education, public health, law and business and the broader arts and sciences.

Scholarship value
The Selection Committee may award up to two Menzies scholarships valued at up to US$60,000 each. We are also currently building capital to support an additional Menzies Scholarship to be offered for study at the Harvard Business School. This was instigated   by the MBA class of 1970 and enjoys their ongoing support

To be awarded a scholarship, the candidate must be accepted by Harvard into their selected program on a full-time basis, for study at Harvard. The ideal candidates  are Australians whose primary objective, after completing their studies , is to make a significant contribution to this country's development and advancement, in their chosen field

Funding Source
Funding of the scholarship is provided by the Harvard Club of Australia via generous donations and additional fund-raising activities of the club. Awarded in partnership with the Australian National University, the scholarship fund is managed by the ANU Endowment Office and scholarship  administration is carried out by the ANU. -

Selection Process
Applicants submit their application to Australian National University. Applications are then reviewed and shortlisted with  the best and most eligible candidates being  invited for an interview by the Selection Panel. The selection panel consists of 3 representatives from ANU and 3 representatives  appointed by the Harvard Club of Australia.. The Selection Panel usually has a number of past winners serving on it.

Applications open in November each year and close by the following February. Interviews are then conducted in April. Once the winners have accepted the terms of the scholarship, a media release is issued announcing  the successful candidates. The ANU then liaises with the successful candidates as required, in preparation for the transfer of funds and their leaving for the United States.

Ongoing involvement
The awarding of the Menzies Scholarship to Harvard, always amongst a group of outstandingly talented candidates, is intended to widen the perspective and deepen the capacity of those fortunate enough to be successful. Each year the winners benefit into the future from the efforts, contributions and experiences of those who preceded them. In this context we encourage Menzies Scholars to become involved in the Harvard Club of Australia on their return to Australia and contribute, in any way they consider appropriate, to the ongoing success of the Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship.   

Partner Organisation/s
Australian National University

More Information
For information about the Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship to Harvard please see
R.G. Menzies Call for 2023 Applications - APPLICATIONS CLOSED 
R.G. Menzies 2021 Application Form - APPLICATION FORM - not currently open 
Honour Roll of R.G. Menzies Scholars - HONOUR ROLL
Latest Menzies Scholars News  - LATEST NEWS
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