RAAF Flying Officer Matthew Brown has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University next year.

Matt is a University medallist, completing a Bachelor of Engineering in aeronautical engineering with first class honours at UNSW's Australian Defence Force Academy in 2005. He is currently based at the RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.

Matt, 24, is one of nine young Australians awarded Rhodes scholarships this year. He is planning to study international relations at Oxford.

"As an officer in the Australian Defence Force, I believe this area of study is highly relevant given the current international climate," he said.

At ADFA, Matt won the AH Corbett Prize for the most outstanding graduate in engineering as well as the Air Vice Marshal Noble Prize for distinguished performance in the fourth year of his degree.

He was also the recipient of the Academy's most prestigious military award, the Commander in Chief Medal.

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