New Scholarship Established to Cambridge University for Queensland Graduates to study for a Masters Degree

Cambridge Australia Scholarships (CAS) has announced that a new scholarship to the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom has been established by the Hon Justice Anthe Philippides, in conjunction with The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust.

The ‘Cambridge Australian Scholarship for Queensland’ will be the first such CAS scholarship available to Queensland students. The scholarship will facilitate the brightest and best from a broad and diverse background to study at Cambridge.

Justice Philippides, a well-known advocate for diversity in the law and a mentor of indigenous students and lawyers, said: “The opportunity given to me to study at Cambridge altered the trajectory of my legal career. I benefitted enormously from it. It is wonderful to be able to give back by enabling someone else to have the same opportunity.”

Philip Pope, CAS’ Director in Queensland, said: “CAS is pleased that Justice Philippides has approached us with the concept of creating the ‘Cambridge Australian Scholarship for Queensland’. This will be CAS’ first scholarship created for gifted students born in, or resident in Queensland who have graduated from Queensland academic institutions, and who have the aspiration to study for a post-graduate degree at one of the world’s top universities – Cambridge.”

Justice Philippides was the first recipient of a prestigious British Council Commonwealth Scholarship from the University of Queensland to read for a Masters of Law at Cambridge.

She was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship after graduating from the University of Queensland with first class honours, the University Medal and other awards for the highest academic achievement in her graduating year. The Commonwealth Scholarship her Honour secured is no longer available to study for a Masters of Law.

Justice Philippides added: “My studies at Cambridge greatly influenced the focus of my practice as a barrister on my return to Brisbane. Having studied international maritime contracts, I went onto specialise in maritime law.”

Justice Philippides became the first woman to head the Australian Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and was also the first Australian female titular member of the Comité Maritime International. Her Honour has also been a member of many state and federal maritime bodies.

The scholarship, which has been created in memory of Justice Philippides’ late father Constantine Philippides, will be initially available for the 2020/2021 academic year in Cambridge.

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Justice Philippides is a well-known advocate for diversity in the law and a mentor of Indigenous students and lawyers