Life as Ertegun Alumni


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Established in 2012 the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme aims to promote intellectual curiosity and interdisciplinary thinking in order to bring the world together by removing intellectual barriers. Although still in its infancy, the alumni community is steadily expanding and bears testament to the aims of the Programme.

Ertegun Alumni are now distributed across the world either in the pursuit of further academic study or careers in academia and in the wider world.  Of the fifty-five scholars who were awarded an Ertegun Scholarship for a Master’s degree, twenty-six have continued to PhD programmes in America; fourteen have continued at Oxford to study for DPhil degrees; and four have continued to UK and EU universities to pursue their doctoral research.

Two Ertegun Alumni who were doctoral students at Oxford now hold Assistant Professorships at Harvard and the University of South California, the former being a Junior Fellow of Harvard’s Society of Fellows.  Others hold post-doctoral research positions at Cambridge University and Koç Üniversitesi (Turkey).

Other alumni now work in a range of different provisions, including the Civil Service – as policy advisors in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in Whitehall and in the British Embassy in Paris.  Other career paths have lead Alumni to work in equity research analysis, cybersecurity, broadcasting, the charitable sector, teaching, and running a local business.


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