Richard Gallaher is a proud Indigenous Australian and is passionate about creating a brighter future for all.Richard is the first in his family to attendUniversity, andseeking an education has empowered him to help pave the way for future generations, having witnessed the injustices of many communities.

Currentlyin the final year of his Master of International Relations and undertakinga researchdissertation pathway, Richard also completed his Bachelor of Government and International Relations at Griffith.

“I chose a Master of International Relations degree because I’ve always felt strongly about the state of the world, it’speopleandourfuture,” he said.

Richard believes that public and foreign policy are vital instruments for influencing positive change within communities, and thisresearchprogram has given him the opportunity to engage with policy problem solving.

“Ikeenly pursue the tough questions and challenge both the known and unknown,to explore more sustainable and ethical pathways for society.”

“I’ve decided to pursue a PhDtoo, because I believe adding my voice to academia allows me to contribute to policy discussions ensuring a progressively better international community of like-minded, and not so like-minded, individuals.”

Commencing his studies at Griffith in 2013,Richard saysthe University’s support services, as well as a scholarship from Arrow Energy,have contributed greatly to his success.

“The financial supportfrom Arrow Energyremoved barriers and stress that would have negatively impacted mycommitment to study.”

“It enabled me to buy a laptop and set up a professional workspace at home, when COVID-19 restrictions limited time on campus andwith peers.”

Richard hope’s his pursuit of lifelonglearninginspiresothers from his community to join the world of academia and engage in global conversations.

Find out more about the generosity of Arrow Energy and how to apply for future scholarships at,Arrow Energy Scholarship.

1: No Poverty
UN Sustainable Development Goals 1: No Poverty

4: Quality Education
UN Sustainable Development Goals 4: Quality Education