Press Release: Oxford University Student Jim A.C. Everett Receives a Prestigious Fulbright Award to the US

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Jim Everett, a student from Oxford University (Corpus Christi College) has received a Fulbright Award to enable him to conduct research at Harvard University on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.

As a participant, Jim Everett has been selected to spend 6 months as a Fellow at Harvard University in the Department of Psychology conducting research in moral psychology. Jim will be working with Profs. Cushman and Cikara to explore the role of moral intuitions in intergroup conflict.

Commenting on receiving the award, Jim said: “I am truly honored to receive this Fulbright Scholarship, and I am extremely excited about going to Harvard to work with some of the leading minds in moral psychology. This scholarship will enable me to further my research into how group membership influences learning about the moral behaviour, and I am privileged to do so as an ambassador for Oxford University, my hometown, and the UK.

Penny Egan, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “I know our 2015 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the US and beyond. Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards: one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships.”

Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, added: “It’s very rewarding seeing a group of talented, inspirational and very deserving individuals, embark on a life changing trip to the US. This year’s cohort are no exception, and have been carefully selected for their impressive accomplishments, academic excellence, and a genuine desire to delve into US culture, collaborate with new people and experience new ideas.”

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer programme participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and a contribution towards tuition fees where applicable. In addition, Fulbright scholars receive a distinctive support and cultural education programme including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join our alumni networks.

Scholar Bio: Jim A.C. Everett is a psychologist and philosopher working in moral psychology. Jim’s research focuses on human morality and parochial altruism, exploring when, why, and how people help their own group members more than members of other groups. Jim is currently finishing his DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and is a Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Prior to this, Jim gained a First in his BA in Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology, and a Distinction in his MSc in Psychological Research – again both at the University of Oxford. During his Fulbright year, Jim will be going to Harvard University to conduct research on the role of moral intuitions in shaping intergroup attitudes.

For press enquiries, contact:

Amy Moore

Director Awards Programme

0207 498 4016

amy@fulbright.org.uk

Jamie Dunn

Manager, Advising and Marketing

0207 498 4019

press@fulbright.org.uk

Notes to Editors: Full details regarding the awards, including the selection criteria, benefits and awards categories, can be found on our website. For information about past scholars please visit the Meet Our Fulbrighters section of the website.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. During the last six decades, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 12,000 US nationals in the UK as part of the Fulbright Programme. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Programme include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author and Commissioner Toby Young and the economist and Nobel prize winner Milton Friedman.

About the Fulbright Awards Programme: Each year, the Commission supports around UK and US citizens to study, lecture, conduct research or focus on professional development at leading institutions in the US and UK respectively. Nearly 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the Fulbright Programme. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and nearly 12,000 US nationals in the UK on our educational exchange programmes.

About the Fulbright Advisory Service: The US-UK Fulbright Commission also supports US-UK exchange through its Advisory Service. The Fulbright Advising Team provides a wide range of information and hosts events for individuals interested in any level of US study.  The Fulbright Advisory Service is the UK’s only official source of information on educational opportunities in the US and is part of the EducationUSA network of over 450 US advising centres worldwide.

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