POLSIS graduate heads to Oxford

30 August 2019

Rohan WattUniversity 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 Bhal – a former Honours student within UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) who won 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 in POLSIS 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.”

Rohan left the country last week and will reside in London for a month before heading to Oxford.