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Applications for prestigious scholarships open

Brook Dambacher

Postgraduate students are invited to apply for the oldest and, arguably, the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world, the Rhodes Scholarships. Applications are also open for the John Monash Scholarships, one of Australia’s most important post graduate scholarship programs.

Both scholarships aim to nurture public-spirited leaders for the future and offer an opportunity to students from all disciplines to study overseas.

Brook Dambacher received a Rhodes Scholarship in 2018 and will leave Tasmania to study two Masters degrees at the University of Oxford in the UK in September.

“To me, being a Rhodes scholar is about a commitment to working to bring positive change in the world and having the courage to take on some of the critical issues facing societies,” she said.

Each year, there are nine Rhodes Scholarships available in Australia – one offered by each state and three in the Australia-at-large round. Successful candidates are chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.

“You never think this sort of thing will happen to you. I feel incredibly grateful to have been selected.”

“It is an amazing opportunity and I think it really amplifies the contribution you can make,” Brook added.

Brook will initially undertake a Masters of Environmental Change and Management in her first year at Oxford and is planning to study law or public policy the following year.

Despite having only recently graduated with degrees in law and science from the University of Tasmania in 2017, Brook is already making a difference by supporting developing countries on issues around climate change and sustainable development as a research consultant.

Since 2016 Brook has supported negotiators from the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as they push for effective and equitable outcomes to protect some of the most vulnerable people in the world. She has also been supporting the development of the LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative for Sustainable Development.

“In my career, I want to help bring real change to real people. What that means in concrete terms I will continue to explore while at Oxford. I do know I want to continue working on ensuring access to renewable energy in a way that builds more healthy, happy and resilient societies.”

Brook believes the generosity of those who provide scholarships can transform students’ futures.

“Where I think supporting university scholarships is particularly important is the opportunity they can bring to the many students who may come from marginalised communities or faced some form of adversity in their lives that means they would not otherwise be able to benefit from university education.”

“Elevating these voices in our societies is incredibly important, and scholarships are a platform for doing this.”

The Tasmanian Rhodes Scholarship is open until 13 September 2019. Interested Tasmanian students should contact Professor Elizabeth Leane to discuss the application process before applying. Additional information can be found online.

Applications for the 2020 John Monash Scholarships close on Sunday, 14 July.

Published on: 05 Jul 2019 3:26pm