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Dr Claire Clark scholarship

The scholarship is named after Dr Claire Clark. Dr Clark completed a Bachelor and Masters in International Relations at University of Queensland. She received her PhD in International Relations from University of Melbourne in 1969. In 1973, Dr Clark moved to Canberra to take up a role at the Legislative Research Service in Parliament House. She had a number of roles in the public service, most notably as head of the Indian Ocean Territories Branch in the mid 1980s. In her final four years in the public service, Dr Clark was on secondment to the Australian National University giving a public policy course for ACT public servants. All four of her children graduated from the ANU, and has strong personal and professional connections to the ANU.

The Claire Clark scholarship is intended to help students to study public policy. Enlightened public policy has been the cornerstone of Australia’s prosperity, and the scholarship aims to provide the means for students to follow Dr Clark’s example of providing the Australian government with the best possible public policy.

Field of study

International Relations and / or Public Policy


The scholarship is available each year to a prospective ANU student who:

  1. is a domestic student;
  2. is enrolling in a postgraduate program in international relations and/or public policy within the College of Asia and the Pacific.
    • Eligible programs are restricted to:
      • the Master of International Relations,
      • the Master of Public Policy, and
      • the Master of Public Administration; and
  3. can demonstrate a history of excellent academic performance.


The scholarship provides tuition fee sponsorship for the duration of the eligible study program. The value of the award is stated in the letter of offer.

Recipients of this award are responsible for the costs of books, study materials, accommodation and all other costs of study.

For further information please reference the Conditions of Award.

Selection basis

Selection will be based upon:

  • demonstration of excellent academic achievement
  • a personal statement (500-1,000 words). In this statement, please state your motivations to study international relations and/or public policy at ANU and the future impacts you intend to make in your chosen field.
  • academic reference (upon request of the selection committee)

How to apply

  1. Determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria listed above and in the Conditions of award.
  2. Complete the application form and upload the following.
    • personal statement
    • copies of academic transcript(s)
    • CV


Applications for 2021 are now open. Applicants will receive the outcome of their application early February 2021.


For further information contact the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Student Centre

Claire Clark


Tuition fee sponsorship for program duration

2 on offer per year

Application period

Applications are open until
1 November – 10 January

Click here to apply: Application form


Claire Clark Scholarship Flyer [PDF, 368KB]

Reference document

Conditions of award [PDF, 363KB]

Ongoing eligibility

Continuation based on academic performance



Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team