UNSW Canberra alumnus receives John Monash Scholarship

  • UNSW Canberra alumnus receives John Monash Scholarship

A UNSW Canberra Alumnus has been awarded a John Monash Scholarship, one of the most prestigious postgraduate scholarships in Australia.

 Captain William Leben is one of only 18 recipients of the scholarships, and went through a three-stage selection process, including two panel interviews in front of eminent Australians.

 UNSW Canberra Rector, Michael Frater, congratulated Captain Leben on this outstanding achievement saying it is great to see UNSW Canberra alumni continuing their hard work after they have graduated.

 “Captain Leben is the 2019 ANZAC Centenary John Monash Scholar and is to be commended for this honour.”

 “It is an absolute privilege and fantastic opportunity to be named a John Monash Scholar,” Captain Leben said.

 “The list of past scholars, inclusive of a very broad range of professional and academic fields, is incredibly impressive. The chance to be a part of such a driven group of young Australians will be a big help both in transitioning successfully back to study, as well as an ongoing motivation.”

 The Mission of the General Sir John Monash Foundation is to invest in outstanding Australians from all fields of endeavour who demonstrate remarkable qualities of leadership and have the ability to deliver outcomes and inspire others for the benefit of Australia.

Captain Leben, an Armoured Corps officer in the Australian Regular Army completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International and Political Studies at UNSW Canberra and recently returned from operations as a Training Team Leader in Iraq. 

 With his John Monash Scholarship, Captain Leben will undertake a Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies at the University of Oxford, with a particular interest in processes of change and the causes of conflict in Australia’s near region. On completion of his studies Captain Leben intends to continue service with the Army making contributions to Defence and foreign policy.