Rebecca Grant hopes a $25,000 scholarship to do her masters
degree in Paris, will open a career in global health
governance and policy. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Rebecca Grant has been awarded a $25,000 scholarship to
study in Paris later this year, and while she is keen to jump
on the next available plane, she has something else to take
care of first.
During her undergraduate studies at the University of Otago,
the 25-year-old completed an internship with the World Health
Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland.
Since then, the part-time University of Otago tutor in the
Department of Human Nutrition and School of Physical
Education has worked for the Delegation of the European Union
to New Zealand, and plans to gain field work experience in
Ethiopia, working for an international health organisation,
before heading to Paris in September to take up her
The 2014 New Zealand France Friendship Fund Excellence
Scholarship will allow her to study a masters of
international development at the Sciences Po Paris School of
Miss Grant said the two-year programme, taken in both French
and English, would focus on thematic concentrations in global
health and environment.
The fund was established in 1991 by the French and New
Zealand Governments. The former St Hilda's Collegiate head
prefect, proxime accesit and ODT Class Act Award winner has
two first class honours degrees from the University of Otago
- a bachelor of applied sciences in nutrition, and a bachelor
of arts in French.
University of Otago French programme co-ordinator Barbara
Stone said there were few, if any, students from the French
programme whom she could endorse more enthusiastically.
''Rebecca is the full package - an excellent student and an
exceptional human being with admirable personal qualities.''
Miss Grant was delighted and honoured to receive the
scholarship, and said it was an ''amazing bonus'' after being
accepted to study at the Paris institution. Ultimately, she
hoped for a career in global health governance and policy,
and said the masters degree would set her on the path.
''I think it will open a lot of doors for me. It [the school]
has a reputation for placing graduates in those careers,''