18 recipients have joined Australia's most recognised and prestigious academic scholarship program. You can use the link below to meet our 2022 John Monash Scholars, read their full biographies and learn about their chosen fields of study.
The General Sir John Monash Foundation has today announced the 18 recipients of its 2022 scholarships, Australia’s most prestigious postgraduate overseas study program. Among the recipients are a Biomedical Engineer, Graphic Artist, Maritime Warfare Officer, Doctor of Cognitive Neurology and Speech Pathologist.
The Foundation received 245 applicants and conducted 115 first round interviews and then 40 national interviews to determine the final 18 recipients. The scholarship selection criteria includes demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership ability and a vision to deliver a positive impact for the benefit of Australia. The popularity of this year's program comes as borders begin to open and young Australians look to make their academic mark in specialist institutions across the globe.
This cohort of Scholars includes the first Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO John Monash Scholarship, awarded to Sophie Rose, which has been made possible through a gift from Tim Fairfax AC, who has funded this special scholarship. Mr Fairfax chose to name this Scholarship in honour of Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, the first female Governor-General of Australia and an exemplar of great leadership.
This year, the Scholars have chosen a number of prestigious and world-renowned universities to complete their studies, including: Oxford, Harvard, Sciences Po, National University of Singapore, École de recherche graphique Brussels and more.
The judging panels included many eminent Australians from academia, business and government sectors, who dedicate many hours to the inspiring but challenging task of ranking the applicants.
Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Jillian Segal AO said:
“We are thrilled to welcome another wonderful cohort of diverse and talented scholars responding to current issues of climate change and health in particular and of course valued specialties in law, education, business and the arts. As a truly national scholarship the support of these John Monash Scholars has been made possible by governments, business, universities and individual philanthropists. We are sure that these scholars will fulfil the great expectations we all have of them.”
Now in its 20th year, the General Sir John Monash Foundation has given unrivalled academic opportunities to the best and brightest young minds in Australia, having already offered 233 scholarships since it began awarding them in 2003. Over the course of this time, the foundation alumni include renowned medical professionals, experts in sustainability and clean energy, world-class educators and leaders in Indigenous health and community.
Amongst the 2022 scholarship recipients, there are several in the health sector with specialities in medical research, health policy and including allied health professional, Speech Pathologist Rebecca Keeley. She intends to complete a Master of Business Administration at Oxford University, with plans of using the knowledge and skills to return to Northern Australia, utilising business models to redesign the way we provide allied health services in geographically isolated locations.
Emma Garlett, a Nyiyaparli, Yamatji and Noongar Traditional Owner from Geraldton is this year's Wesfarmers John Monash Scholar. Studying law and business at Oxford University, her focus will be on integrating Traditional Owner rights and interests in mining strategy decisions which affect the land, water and air, in the aim of furthering the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage, recognising Native Title rights in business planning and promote self-determination.
Annemarie Rolls, CEO of the General Sir John Monash Foundation said,
“The Scholars are, as always, exceptional Australians whose range of expertise and great promise fill us with confidence that they will make profound contributions to a bright future for us all. They will be studying at various universities in the US, UK, Europe and also in Singapore, where they will be great ambassadors for Australia while also building valuable international networks.”
Scholars who have been through the program are chosen from all walks of life representing various fields such as medicine, law, engineering, philosophy, humanities, politics and education. Some of the most recognised scholars include: