UNC humanities students who have dreamed of studying at Oxford University in the United Kingdom can now apply for a one-term scholarship to do so, beginning in October 2012. St. Edmund Hall at Oxford University is seeking applications for the first annual Christopher Mead Armitage and Pauline Brooks Armitage Scholarship for Visiting Students. The application deadline is Jan. 19, 2012.

“This scholarship will provide UNC students with an opportunity to study their key subjects in the unique academic environment of the tutorial system, having an opportunity to study one-on-one with a faculty mentor,” says Bob Miles, associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. “This is an intense and challenging learning experience that constitutes a wonderful legacy of Dr. Armitage’s long and close association with the University of Oxford.”

The scholarship was established in honor of Christopher Armitage, Professor of Distinguished Teaching in department of English and comparative literature department in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. Armitage is an alumnus of St. Edmund Hall, where he completed his bachelor’s level training. Armitage joined the UNC faculty in 1967, and he has returned annually to England since 1970 to conduct a six-week study program on “Shakespeare in Performance” for students and alumni. The scholarship has been established in honor of his commitment to providing UNC students with an opportunity to study English literature in a different academic context.

Armitage specializes in 17th- and 20th-century English and Canadian literature. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the UNC Board of Governors Award for career excellence in teaching in 2009, a Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate instruction in 2003, his second Bowman and Gordon Gray chair (1986-1989, 2005-2010) for excellence in inspirational teaching of undergraduates, the first UNC Professor of Distinguished Teaching in 1995, and the Nicholas Salgo Award in 1981. In addition, Armitage lectures frequently for the Carolina Speakers program.

The scholarship covers tuition, fees, accommodations, and food for the Michaelmas Term (Oct. 3 – Dec.  3, 2012). The successful applicant would be eligible to extend their studies for two more terms (a full academic year) at their own expense. Arts and humanities students are encouraged to apply.  Students will live in the same accommodations as Oxford undergraduate students and will study alongside them as they take two courses for the term.

More information is available on the UNC Study Abroad web site.

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