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Joseph Hodges Choate Memorial Fellowship at Harvard University 2009-10

The Joseph Hodges Choate Memorial Fellowship at Harvard University was established in 1919 by members of the Harvard Club of New York City in memory of Joseph Hodges Choate. It is awarded each year by Harvard University on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, for study in any Department of Harvard University. In making the appointment, however, Harvard University will give heavy preference to candidates who wish to study one of the fields covered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for one year without being registered for a Harvard Degree. The successful candidate will be required to register as a Special Student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: the appropriate application forms will be supplied, by Harvard to the successful candidate.

In practice, only candidates from the University of Cambridge are eligible. Under the terms of the trust the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge may only recommend a candidate from another university if there is no suitable candidate at all from Cambridge. Because of the number of Cambridge candidates each year there is unlikely to be an occasion on which it is open to the Vice-Chancellor to recommend a candidate from a university other than Cambridge. A candidate who is a member of the University of Cambridge must be either (a) a Cambridge B.A., of not more than three years' standing from the time of taking the degree, or (b) a Cambridge undergraduate of not more than four years' standing from the date of matriculation. Candidates must be of British nationality.

Candidates should normally hold, or be likely to achieve, a first class or very good second class degree. However, personal and social qualities are also taken into account in filling the Fellowship.

The Fellowship is usually held for one year, though it is possible in special circumstances for it to be renewed a year at a time for not more than two further years. Reappointment by Harvard University can only be made on a fresh recommendation by the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge.

The Fellow will receive tuition and student health insurance fees plus a stipend of US $17,500 (provisional). The Fellow will be expected to pay for her/his room and board in the Choate Suite at Winthrop House directly, and he/she will also be responsible for the income tax which will be levied against the stipend. The cost of transatlantic travel is met by the Fellow.

Application forms for the Fellowship may be obtained from the Secretariat, University Offices. They must be returned to the Administrative Secretary (addressed to the Awards Clerk), The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TN, by 2 February 2009.


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Cambridge University Reporter 07 November 2008
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