Harvard scholars set their sights on improving international security issues and strengthening indigenous peoples’ relationship with the environment
Two outstanding achievers who have a drive and vision for how we can improve international security issues and strengthen indigenous peoples’ relationship with the environment in Australia have been awarded the prestigious RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard for 2017.
Claire Rochecouste, a foreign service officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade intends to draw on her expertise from serving in conflict states and cities such as Baghdad, Afghanistan and Argentina, to focus her US public policy training on international security issues with an emphasis on the role of women in foreign policy making and the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. Claire is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Monash University and holds degrees in Arts and Business. She will enter the mid-career Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government in August 2017.
As Assistant Crown Counsel to the Crown Law Office of New Zealand, Ellen Chapple is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Australian National University and holds degrees in Arts and Law. She plans to use her expectant Masters of Law at Harvard Law School to contribute to the future of natural resources law in Australia, particularly the legal recognition of indigenous peoples’ relationship with the environment.
The scholarships valued at US$60,000 each are Australia's most prestigious national awards for postgraduate study in the United States and are jointly awarded by the Harvard Club of Australia and the Australian National University.
Claire and Ellen will start at Harvard later this year. The scholarship selection panel was impressed by their vision for how they might improve current systems in Australia based on their early-career experiences, and how they could use international knowledge not currently maximised in Australia.
Both scholarship recipients have also dedicated significant time to volunteer activities in the community in line with their professional passions.
BACKGROUND ON THE SCHOLARSHIP
The RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard
The Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarships to Harvard are 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 at least one annual award to talented Australians who have gained admission to a Harvard graduate school. The ideal candidates for the Scholarship are Australians whose primary objective, after completing their studies at Harvard, is to make a significant contribution to this country's development.
Awarded in partnership with The Harvard Club of Australia and the Australian National University, the scholarship is administered by the ANU for postgraduate study in the at Harvard University in the United States.
The scholarship has been awarded to over 80 scholars since 1967.
The Selection Committee may award up to two Menzies Scholarships valued at up to US$60,000 each. An additional Menzies Scholarships valued at US$60,000 may be offered every second year by HCA Philanthropy - 'Class of 1970', for a Menzies Scholar to study at the Harvard Business School.