28 November 2013
Australia Council joins John Monash scholarship program
Fernando do Campo and Kathryn Roberts have been named as the first recipients of the new Australian Cultural John Monash Scholarships.
The cultural scholarships are an exciting addition to the prestigious General Sir John Monash Foundation Scholarship program, supported by the Australia Council and Tim Fairfax AM. The announcement was made on Tuesday night at the Sydney Opera House. Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer AM said he was pleased the Council was able to support an initiative which enables outstanding scholars to pursue international postgraduate studies in an area related to arts and culture.
This type of scholarship is important in building the capacity of our next generation of leaders, whose original
thinking and global perspective will push the boundaries of Australia’s cultural ambitions
. General Sir John Monash Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Peter Binks thanked the Australia Council and philanthropist Tim Fairfax AM for their support.
“This is a special initiative and recognises the importance of the humanities to Australia,” Dr Binks said.
“We received many high quality applications in the humanities in 2013 and our panels were impressed by the
calibre of the field.
“Fernando and Kathryn are outstanding new John Monash Scholars and will play important leadership roles for
Australia in the fu
Fernando do Campo is from Tasmania and will use his scholarship to undertake a Masters of Fine Arts at Parsons New School, New York. Kathryn Roberts is from NSW and will do a Masters in Shakespeare Studies at Kings College, London. Since 2003 the General Sir John Monash Foundation has offered a range of scholarships in various disciplines in its postgraduate program. The scholarships provide postgraduate students with $50,000 a year for up to three years to complete their Masters or
Doctoral degrees at the world’s elite universities.
Scholars are chosen on their leadership skills, academic excellence and their commitment to the Australian community.