Fiona Watson graduated with a first-class honours degree from Heriot-Watt University in 1991, before going on to act as Political Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Sergio Viera de Mello. She was one of the 22 peacekeepers killed in the terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday 19 August 2003.
It was clear from the many moving tributes to Fiona that she 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 close friendships and a strong connection to her family in Fife, Scotland. As a marvellous ambassador for Scotland and a person who evoked respect and affection in equal measure wherever she went, Fiona is deeply mourned by all who knew her.
To perpetuate Fiona’s memory and redress the sense of waste at her loss, the family, have established a memorial fund. Every year the fund will send a final year student from Heriot-Watt University, where Fiona completed a first class honours degree in languages, to take up an internship with the UN.
Donations will contribute to The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund, an endowed fund which generates income on an annual basis. The Fund meets the annual award winner’s travel and accommodation costs during the internship, as well as supporting annual Humanitarian Grants specifically for students wishing to take part in humanitarian volunteering projects.
Please find application information below.
Apply - UN Internship
Fiona Watson, Political Adviser to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Sergio Viera de Mello, was one of 22 peacekeepers killed in the terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on 22 August 2003. To perpetuate Fiona’s memory and redress the sense of waste at her loss, her family, together with Heriot-Watt where Fiona completed a first class honours degree in languages, have established a memorial fund. Each year an award is made to help an outstanding final year student at the University take up an internship with the UN or a similar international organisation.
How to apply
Applications are invited for the 2019 Fiona Watson Memorial Award of a 3-month internship with the United Nations in New York. The grant that the winner receives will fund the travel, accommodation and living costs associated with the internship. A short CV (two A4 pages maximum) - including the name of an academic referee - and a statement of motivation explaining why you would like to apply for the UN internship (350 words maximum) should be forwarded to Richard Ridgwell (email@example.com
) by Tuesday, 5th March 2019. Candidates will be ranked by an internal panel. Applications will then be made available to the Fiona Watson Memorial Fund to make the final selection for this year’s award winner.
The internship is open to Heriot-Watt undergraduate students who are:
-Less than 28 years of age
-On track for at least a 2.1 degree at time of application
-Willing to act as ambassadors for Heriot-Watt and to explore the possibility of making a career in the humanitarian field during the internship
-Available for the full 3 months of the internship which will run from September to December 2019
The successful candidate will be required to submit a short report on his/her time in New York in December, before leaving the United Nations. Abigail Dodds, the UN intern for the academic year 2016-17, wrote an end of internship report which can be found here
Apply - Small Grants
Deadline: Friday 8 March 2019, 10.00
Are you planning a humanitarian volunteering trip overseas or in the UK? Do you need financial support? The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund Small Grants Programme is now open to applications from students of Heriot-Watt University. We have grants up to the value of £1,000 to be awarded specifically for students wishing to take part in humanitarian trips. The Fund will support trips within the UK and abroad.
The funding committee will be looking to see how the proposed project will benefit both the student involved and the beneficiaries. Please note, the Committee will only consider humanitarian trips organised and operated by officially recognised agencies which specialise in the provision of such trips, for example Projects Abroad, VSO or International Voluntary Service. Applications close at 10.00 on Friday 8 March 2019.
In order to be accepted, all applications must be complete on submission, this includes all required references. Guidelines are included with the application forms
For more information on the application process please email Verena Albrecht