Alexander Seccombe

​Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Scholarship — Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship


​Alexander Seccombe
Photo courtesy of KPMG Singapore
Country of origin:  Australia

Home organisation:  Monash University

Host organisation:  Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – National University of Singapore

Research field:  Political Science and Policy Studies
The scholarship was very helpful to me, as it opened up opportunities that I might not have considered in Australia.

 Alexander Seccombe has joined a prestigious cohort of researchers and professionals as a recipient of an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship.


In 2013 Alexander spent one semester at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore to complete a Master of Public Policy and Management. Prior to this he had been studying part-time at Monash University while working full-time as a Ministerial Adviser to the State Government of Victoria.

Alexander took classes on economic policy and analysis, as well as international security and Singapore’s model of public sector governance.

“The Endeavour scholarship provided an opportunity to not only finish off my studies full time, but also to broaden my understanding of government and policy issues by studying in an international (particularly Asian) setting.”


Quality research opportunities

Through the Endeavour scholarship Alexander was exposed to many ideas and viewpoints and built a network of researchers and practitioners from a variety of countries with different backgrounds and points of view.


“My classmates came from a large number of countries, including Singapore, India, Myanmar, China, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Indonesia, and they provided distinct perspectives on various security, development and policy issues.
“I could attend more public lectures than I could in Australia, and so learnt about water security, global anti-corruption efforts, and policy debates in Singapore and the ASEAN region.”

Highlights of the scholarship

Studying and working in Singapore provided Alexander with a great opportunity to travel throughout Asia and beyond. He made a number of trips (both for work and as a tourist) to places throughout South-east Asia, as well as South America. He says the highlights included a tour of Machu Picchu with the APEC delegation, the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, a Chinese-Indonesian wedding in Jakarta, and the great palaces of Seoul.


What opportunities have there been since completing the scholarship?

As part of his scholarship, Alexander also undertook an internship in Singapore with KPMG’s Economics and Regulation division, and subsequently accepted a permanent position with them. In this role, he worked on projects for several Singapore government agencies and international organisations such as APEC, as well as private sector clients.

“This has enabled me to research and work on issues such as taxation policy, tourism development, the use of underground space and regional competition policy.”
Despite having graduated, Alexander has remained in close contact with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and student body, particularly to facilitate internships for public policy students.
“Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy has kept me in touch with several friends who I studied with at the school. Since finishing my course, I became involved with local organisations such as the Singapore Cricket Association and Consumers Association of Singapore, as well as the Australian Chamber of Commerce.”

Alumni Network

After completing the Endeavour programme, participants like Alexander become part of an alumni network which enables them to continue to build and develop valuable relationships and network with peers.

About the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

Provide financial support for Australian postgraduate students to undertake long-term study or research towards their Australian qualification at Masters or PhD level, either by coursework or research, in any field. Australian recipients can also undertake an internship.
Scholarships are also available for international applicants providing financial support to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to four years.

About the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships that provide opportunities for Australians and overseas citizens to undertake study, research and professional development around the world.

Further information

Visit Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships
for further details on how to apply.



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