Elise will use her scholarship to spend a year as a visiting student at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.
She is currently writing her MPhil thesis on the status of Observer States in regional organisations, but her research interests also include water politics and transboundary resource management.
This scholarship will be a great opportunity to complement my research background with a more policy-oriented experience, in particular by learning about the practice of diplomacy.
I am incredibly grateful to the scholarship Selection Committee for their trust and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.
After her scholarship, Elise said her ultimate goal is to become a diplomat. She plans to take the entrance exams for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European External Action Service.
Before coming to Oxford, Elise studied for an undergraduate degree in political humanities from Sciences Po and worked in different think tanks such as the Middle East Institute (Washington DC), the Issam Fares Institute (Beirut) and the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (Paris).
At Oxford, she is a member of the Oxford Global Leadership Initiative, events officer for the Oxford Diplomatic Society and a member of the volleyball club team. She has served at the European Heritage Volunteers and the Sciences Po Refugee Help organisation.
The Sachs Scholarship is intended to broaden the global experience of its recipients by providing them with the opportunity to study, work or travel abroad after graduation.
It was established by classmates and friends of Daniel Sachs, a distinguished Princeton student athlete in the Class of 1960, who attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
The award is given to those who best exemplify Sachs’ character, intelligence and commitment, and whose scholarship is most likely to benefit the public.