2014 John Monash Scholars Announced

The 2014 recipients of Australia’s most prestigious postgraduate scholarship awards, the John Monash Scholarships, were announced in Sydney on 26 November.

A record 15 scholarships have been awarded in 2014 from over 25 public and private sector sponsors. These include the Australia Council, BHP Billiton, Origin Energy, Wesfarmers, Woodside, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, the Australian and NSW Governments, many of Australia’s leading universities, and a group of philanthropic supporters.

The John Monash Scholars for 2014 are:

•             Fernando do Campo (TAS) – Masters in Fine Arts, Parsons New School, New York

•             Catherine Drummond (QLD) – LLM (Masters of Law), Cambridge

•             Bridget Healy (QLD) – MBA, INSEAD Singapore

•             James Kwiecinski (VIC) – DPhil in Theoretical Physics, Oxford

•             Sarah Lux-Lee (NSW) – Masters in Public Administration, Columbia

•             Emma McIntosh (NSW) – DPhil in Geography & Environment, Oxford

•             Genevieve Martin (VIC) – DPhil in Immunology, Oxford

•             Alexa Morcombe (WA) – Executive MBA, INSEAD Singapore

•             Ben Mylius (SA) – LLM (Masters of Law) and SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science), Harvard

•             Kumaran Nathan (NSW) – DPhil in Engineering Science, Oxford

•             Alexandra Readhead (WA) – Masters in Public Policy, Oxford

•             Kathryn Roberts (NSW) – Masters in Shakespeare Studies, Kings College, London

•             Jim Round (VIC) – MPhil and PhD in Public Policy, London School of Economics

•             May Samali (NSW) – Masters in Public Policy, Harvard

•             Chelsea Tabart  (QLD) –  MPP and BCL, Oxford

312 applications were received for the 2014 scholarships, up 43% from the previous year.  Applicants came from 28 Australian universities, seeking places at 75 overseas institutions.  The Applicants were reviewed by a total of 89 expert panelists across Australia over a 10-week period from early September until mid-November.

This year, the John Monash Foundation added innovative Scholarships to its portfolio. The inaugural Australian Cultural John Monash Scholarship was awarded to Tasmanian painter Fernando Do Campo, an emerging leader in arts advocacy.  Shakespearian scholar Kathryn Roberts, currently at the Rose Theatre in London, will also supported by an Australian Cultural Scholarship.

The Foundation emphasized its support to Australia’s role in Asia with the election of Bridget Healy and Alexa Morcombe, to study as Woodside John Monash Scholarships at INSEAD in Singapore.  With the support of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, lawyer Ben Mylius will explore earth law and its benefits to the water industry in Australia.  Infectious disease researcher Genevieve Martin will undertake a doctorate in virology at oxford, supported by a Wesfarmers John Monash Scholarship.

Launched in 2003, the General Sir John Monash Scholarships celebrate Australia’s finest military leader – a man increasingly acknowledged as one of our greatest civic leaders.

The 2014 Scholarships will be officially awarded at the annual Scholarship Ceremony to take place in during the first half of 2014.