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Jim Everett, a student from Experimental Psychology (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.