UNSW International Studies student Grace Mathew and Arts/Law student Tanvir Uddin have each been awarded one of six Australian fellowships offered by the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program.
The program is run by the Institute of International Education and the Goldman Sachs Foundation and recognises outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential. Each fellow is awarded US $3000.
Both students will travel to New York in July to attend the program's Global Leaders Institute.
The two winners will join 50 other students from 17 countries to meet international leaders and learn about global issues. Past leaders have included UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Grace believes the award complements both her studies and her involvement with UNSW's charitable organisations.
"This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of NGO's and to learn from people who have really made their mark on the world," she says. "When I graduate I'd like to be involved in responsible and sustainable development on an international level."
Tanvir is a Scientia Scholar, a Law School ambassador, an Australian Business School peer mentor and member of the Islamic Society.
Tanvir also views the award as a way to extend his knowledge of international issues.
"I'd like to work at the UN in human rights and development, New York will be the perfect environment to begin to understand all these areas."