Fiona Watson Memorial Fund

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 Tuesday 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.


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 3 month internship with the UN or a similar international organization. The winning student is an ambassador for their country and benefits personally and professionally from their experience of working in such an organisation with humanitarian interests. 

The fund will also support several humanitarian volunteering projects to be completed by students during the summer break. Applications are invited from student of all disciplines in any year of study. 

UN Internship
The fund will cover travel and accommodation costs for a 3 month internship in New York at the UN. Full details on how to make an application can be found here.
Humanitarian Volunteering Projects
The fund will support humanitarian volunteering projects of up to £1,000. Please ensure you fully read the guidelines before proceeding. Read about Clara's experience in Uganda.
All entries must be made on the application form


How to donate

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 accomodation costs during the internship, as well as supporting annual humanitarian grants specifically for students wishing to take part in humanitarian volunteering projects. 

Registered as a UK charity, the Fiona Watson Memorial Fund can accept gifts from UK tax payers made via Gift Aid. You can donate by making a gift online or by writing a cheque payable to 'The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund' and mailing it to: 

The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund
c/o Development and Alumni Office
Scott Russell Building
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS

Tel: +44 1314518463