Fiona Watson Memorial Award winner in New York

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Claire Lucia Grant (centre), with her parents (right) and Fiona Watson's parents (left)

Claire Lucia Grant, the 2011 Fiona Watson Memorial Award winner is keeping a written and video blog of her time in New York as an intern with the United Nations.

Claire, an MA Interpreting & Translating graduate, said in a recent email: "Everything here is going really well. I love New York! I'm all settled in my apartment and I survived my first week of work. It seems really interesting and the people are very nice."

Read Claire's blog: Life of a UN intern.

Fiona Watson

Fiona Watson, Political Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Sergio Viera de Mello, was one of 22 peacekeepers killed in the terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August 2003.

Fiona was an outstanding young woman, with a rare combination of intellectual brilliance, vitality, compassion and humour. She was a high flyer who was destined for great things in her career but her drive was well tempered by her close friendships and her strong connection to her family in Pittenweem, Fife. A marvellous ambassador for Scotland she evoked respect and affection in equal measure wherever she went.

Memorial Fund

To perpetuate Fiona’s memory and redress the sense of waste at her loss her family, together with Heriot-Watt University, where Fiona completed a first class honours degree in languages, established the Fiona Watson Memorial Fund. Each year an outstanding final year student will receive the Fiona Watson Memorial Award, which consists of a fully funded three month internship with the UN or a similar international organisation.

Find out more about the Fiona Watson Memorial Fund.