Congratulations to St Anne’s Music student James Chater who has been awarded this year’s Michael von Clemm Fellowship by Corpus Christi College to spend the academic year 2017-18 as a special student at Harvard.
Michael von Clemm (1935-1997) was a graduate of Harvard University and a graduate student (and subsequently Honorary Fellow) of Corpus Christi College. The Fellowship was open to undergraduates from all academic disciplines at the University of Oxford who entered their final year in October 2016 and also to those who completed their degree in June 2016. It is intended to attract applicants of very high academic calibre who have the personal qualities likely to conduce to success in an academic or a non-academic career. The holder will also be perceived (however informally) as an ‘ambassadorial’ representative of Oxford at Harvard (at St Anne’s James has taken on roles in the JCR, as LGBTQ rep, and sat on the Equalities Committee). The Fellowship is highly competitive; it will meet the costs of all tuition at Harvard as well as travel between Boston and the UK and will provide an allowance to cover the costs of living.
One of the aims of the Fellowship is to provide the Fellow with the opportunity of pursuing courses that are outside of their normal academic area of interest. Whilst at Harvard, as a Special Student, James will be based in Political Economy & Government, but taking courses from other departments and particularly hopes to take courses from the Middle Eastern Studies department.
Applicants for the Special Student status are also required to give an outline of where the course might take them professionally. He hopes that it will lead to a career in foreign reporting or international journalism, as a foreign correspondent, or similar. James has just finished his term as editor of The Oxford Student, completed an internship with the New Statesman this summer thanks to the Danson Programme, as well as work experience at the Metro newspaper.
James says: ‘I'm deeply honoured to have been offered the opportunity to study at Harvard as the Michael von Clemm Fellow. It will be a fascinating time to be studying in the Political Economy & Government department and I can't wait to get started.’