Current Scholars

Allied Health Sciences:
Zhichao Wu

David Bowly

Christopher Ash

International Law:

Christine Ernst

R G Menzies Fellowship:
Scott Sands

R G Menzies Harvard:
Matthew Brown, Jessica Roth & Tristan Webster

Current Scholars

Zhichao WuDavid BowlyDavid Heaton Christine Ernst Dr Scott SandsMatthew Brown Jessica Roth Tristan Webster


This research scholarship, valued at $27,500 per annum for each of two years, is open to graduates in any of the health sciences who have enrolled for a PhD in an Australian University and who have completed the first stage of their doctoral program.

The Foundation is grateful for the support of the final selection committee and the assessors who are nominated by the respective disciplines to grade the applications in terms of topic, relevance and methodology.

In 2012 the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences attracted candidates from the disciplines of nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, and psychology.

Five candidates were interviewed on 27 August, 2012. The interview panel was chaired by Professor John Mathews (Executive Director, The Menzies Foundation) and consisted of Professor Simon Crowe (La Trobe University), Assoc/Professor Liisa Laakso (Griffith University and previous Menzies Scholar) and Professor Meg Morris (University of Melbourne).

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences for 2014-2015 has been awarded to Mr Zhichao Wu.

Zhichao Wu

Zhichao Wu

Zhichao holds the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry from the Queensland University of Technology. 

The two year scholarship commencing in 2014 will enable Zhichao to complete his PhD developing novel functional and structural markers for age related macular degeneration (AMD).   These markers will allow new therapies to be effectively trialled in the earliest stages of AMD prior to vision loss. 

The research will be carried out at the Centre for Eye Research Australia in Melbourne.


In co-operation with the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust (UK) and the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the Menzies Foundation offers to Australians post-graduate scholarships in engineering for tenure at universities in the United Kingdom for either one, two or three academic years.

Following initial assessment by Professor Iven Mareels, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne, five candidates were invited for interview in Melbourne.  The Selection Committee chaired by Professor Graham Hutchinson, Professor of Civil Engineering, the University of Melbourne, consisted of Mr Peter Bowtell (Australasia Leader Buildings Practice, Arup), Ms Maree Grealy (representing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education) and Dr Andrew Whiting (Technical Director, Aurecon and a previous Menzies Scholar).

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering for 2014 was awarded to Mr David Bowly.

David Bowly

David Bowly.

David holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Monash University with First Class Honours and the John Monash medal.
David currently works as a Rotating Equipment Engineer at Esso in Melbourne and has a particular interest in two aspects of engineering: renewable power generation, and education within the profession – enabling young engineers to learn from the experiences of those who are older and wiser.

David will undertake a Master of Philosophy in Energy Technologies at Cambridge University, commencing in October 2014 for one year.


The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation offers two post-graduate scholarships in law: the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law and the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law.  Each is tenable at a prestigious overseas university. The scholarship program is partially supported by funds from the Australian Government.

After preliminary review and external assessment of the applications, seven candidates were interviewed at Clarendon Terrace in October 2013. Members of the Selection Panel chaired by Mr Brian Doyle were the Hon Justice Susan Kenny (Federal Court and previous Menzies Scholar), Professor HP Lee (Monash University) and Ms Marie Grealy (representing the Commonwealth Government) 

The single Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law for 2014 was awarded to Mr Christopher Ash.

Christopher Ash

Christopher Ash

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, and received numerous academic prizes.  He is currently working as a lawyer with Minter Ellison in Brisbane and was previously Associate to the Honourable Justice Applegarth in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Christopher has been awarded a one year Menzies scholarship to Oxford University to study for the Bachelor of Civil Law commencing in October 2014.  The law around privacy and freedom of speech, and the changes in criminal law in Queensland are two debates to which he would like to contribute on his return to Australia.


This scholarship is awarded for the first time in 2014. Sir Ninian Stephen was Chairman of the Menzies Foundation from 1992 to 1998 and the named scholarship recognises Sir Ninian’s eminence and contributions to Australian and international law and governance as a lawyer, High Court judge, international jurist and Governor-General.

The scholarship is jointly funded by the Menzies Foundation and the Commonwealth Government.  Applicants are encouraged to consider undertaking a course of study at a prestigious university in Asia.

The inaugural recipient of the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law for 2014 is Ms Christine Ernst.

Christine Ernst

Christine Ernst

Christine holds a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney. She received numerous academic prizes, including the prize for first place in Australian Constitutional Law. Christine was Associate to the Honourable Justice Susan Kiefel AC at the High Court of Australia.

In October 2014, Christine will commence the Bachelor of Civil Law degree at the University of Oxford in the field of international law, focusing particularly on the relationship between international human rights law and the rights and freedoms protected in Australia under the common law and the Constitution.


The Foundation in 1996 made the inaugural contribution to the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NH MRC) CJ Martin/Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowships with one of the Fellowships to be named the NH MRC/RG Menzies Fellowship. The aim of the Fellowships is to provide opportunities for research of major importance in its field and of benefit to Australian health and to support outstanding Australian health and medical researchers early in their career so that they can:
• conduct research that is internationally competitive;
• develop a capacity for original independent research;
• develop leadership skills in research; and
• establish themselves as independent, self-directed health and medical researchers.

The Fellowships are available for postdoctoral medical study at approved overseas institutions with tenure for up to four years. Two years are spent in the overseas country followed by two years back in Australia.

The Menzies Foundation, in addition to its $50,000 annual grant to the NHMRC to support the Fellowship program, makes available a supplementation of $5,000 for each of the four years of the award for activities associated with the Fellowship, eg conference travel.

The NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship for 2013 has been awarded to Dr Scott Sands.

Dr Scott Sands

Dr Scott Sands

Dr Scott Sands will undertake his CJ Martin/RG Menzies Overseas Biomedical Fellowship in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and later back in Australia at The Alfred in Melbourne. Scott is investigating whether obstructive sleep apnea – which is extremely common in patients with heart failure – is primarily a breathing control disorder rather than anatomical disorder in this patient group.

Scott is concurrently investigating approaches to treat those patients with a primary control disorder using a combination of non-invasive therapies to reduce each component in the pathway to control instability. Patients will be selected for successful treatment using novel techniques to assess breathing control using routine clinical signals. Ultimately the goal is to provide new insights into the mechanisms underlying sleep apnea in this vulnerable population, and provide alternative treatment options beyond those that require a mask to be worn at night.


The Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship to Harvard University is jointly sponsored by The Harvard Club of Australia, the Australian National University and the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation and is administered by the ANU. The scholarship is awarded to scholars on the basis of their potential for making a significant contribution to Australia and on their intellectual ability, leadership qualities and breadth of vision. The Menzies Foundation was represented in the selection process by Ms Edwina Menzies.

The scholarship recipients in 2012 are Mr Matthew Brown, Ms Jessica Roth and Mr Tristan Webster.

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Matthew is an investment analyst who worked for an investment fund in San Francisco. He was formerly a pilot in the RAAF.

He is undertaking a Master of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and is interested in Australian investment opportunities and improving the management of Australia's superannuation capital.

Jessica Roth

Jessica Roth

Jessica is a lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and lecturer at the University of New South Wales. She is also a past national president of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students.

Jessica is at the Harvard Law School undertaking a Master of Laws. A former Research Assistant and Associate to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, she is particularly interested in the value to business of promoting and protecting human rights.

Tristan Webster

Tristan Webster

Tristan most recently worked as a strategy and operations consultant at A.T. Kearney where he supported several large-scale business transformations in both Australia and the United States. He studied and taught accounting at the University of Melbourne and he also holds a CPA accreditation.

Tristan’s Menzies Scholarship has been taken up at the Harvard Business School where he is studying for a Master of Business Administration (MBA). In the longer term, he wants to become a leader in, and advocate for, the not-for-profit sector in Australia.