Graduate heads to Oxford

2 Sep 2019

University of Queensland alumnus Rohan Watt has been awarded the Governor Phillip Scholarship to study a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in International Relations at Oxford.

Established in 2016 to promote bilateral cooperation and exchange between Australia and the UK, this is the second year in a row that a UQ graduate has received this prestigious award.

As a fully-funded scholarship, including course fees and living expenses, Rohan said this opportunity will be a transformational one for him.

“I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of John De Baal – a former Honours student within UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) who received it last year,” he said.  

“The support I have had from the School was absolutely essential in this outcome and I am so grateful for it in the lead up to this moment.”

Originally from Ayr in north Queensland, Rohan studied a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at UQ, completing Honours under the supervision of Associate Professor Sarah Percy.

POLSIS Head of School Professor Katharine Gelber said this is one of the few scholarships available to Australians to study the MPhil in International Relations at Oxford University, which is widely known as one of the most difficult to get into at Oxford.

“To be the second UQ student in two years to be awarded this scholarship is quite the achievement,” Professor Gelber said.

“It highlights the success of our students, teachers and researchers in the field of international relations.”