Major New Graduate Scholarship Programme at Oxford Made Possible by the
Most Generous Gift for Humanities Students in the University's 900-year
LONDON, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The University of Oxford has established The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the
Humanities, which will be launched immediately with 15 scholarships a year and
will eventually be endowed in perpetuity to award at least 35 graduate
humanities scholarships annually.
Leading humanities students from throughout the world will compete for
full graduate scholarships in fields as diverse as literature, history,
music, archaeology, art history, Asian studies, and Middle Eastern
The recipients of the prestigious award will have the exclusive use of The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun House for the Study of the Humanities, a five-storey Georgian building in the heart of Oxford, which will be
fitted out with state-of-the-art technological capability and serve as
the base for study and research by the Ertegun Scholars.
The gift will ultimately amount to more than £26 million. In addition to
funding the scholarships themselves in perpetuity, the gift will also
endow in perpetuity the salary of a full-time Ertegun Senior Scholar in
Residence who will provide mentorship for the Ertegun Scholars, and a
Programme of lectures, seminars, concerts and other activities at
The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten, said: "Through
the generosity of Mica Ertegun, the best Humanities graduate students
in the world will have the opportunity, in perpetuity, to undertake
high-quality research, to interact with other fine minds, and to
increase the sum of human knowledge and understanding. This kind of
support for postgraduates is vital for the future of research and human
understanding, and vital for the future of great universities like
Oxford. It allows us to ensure that the very best minds are supporting
the University's research endeavour now and will be the cutting edge
researchers of the future."
Mica Ertegun, the Romanian-born widow of famed Atlantic Records founder
Ahmet Ertegun, lives in New York City and is one of the world's
foremost interior designers.
"For Ahmet and for me, one of the great joys of life has been the study
of history, music, languages, literature, art and archaeology," Mrs.
Ertegun said. "In these times, when there is so much strife in the
world, I believe it is tremendously important to support those things
that endure across time, that bind people together from every culture,
and that enrich the capacity of human beings to understand one another
and make the world a more humane place. I am very proud of the Ertegun
Graduate Scholarship Programme at Oxford, and I intend that it provide
an enduring inspiration for brilliant and enthusiastic students from
all over the world to devote themselves to the study of the Humanities.
My dream is that, one day, Ertegun Scholars will be leaders in every
field - as historians and philosophers, as archaeologists and literary
scholars, as writers and composers, as statesmen and theologians."
Oxford's Vice-Chancellor, Andrew Hamilton, said of the Ertegun Graduate
Scholarship Programme: "This is a significant moment for the study of
the Humanities and the largest donation specifically for the Humanities
in the 900-year history of Oxford. At a time when, in the UK,
government support for the Humanities is under intense pressure, vision
and generosity like this is going to be what saves the field for future
generations. We are immensely grateful to Mrs Ertegun and Americans for
Oxford, Inc. for making the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme
Ertegun House will be ready for the first group of Ertegun Scholars in
the Michaelmas term, commencing in September 2012.
SOURCE The University of Oxford
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