Idle Scholarship for Graduate Study in New York


We are delighted to invite applications from undergraduates in their final year for the Idle Scholarship, for four months study in New York after graduation from Pembroke.  The Scholarship, which is tenable from September 2017, involves study in New York as a member of Occidental College, and is a result of the generous support of Eric Idle (Pembroke 1962).


Preliminary Information


Occidental is a distinguished liberal arts College of some 1500 undergraduates; it sits on a fine campus situated in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles.  It has some very sought-after internship and semester programmes, including the only undergraduate internship at the United Nations in New York.


The Idle Scholar will spend one semester (four months) in New York, studying International Relations in the context of the United Nations, and gaining work experience in a department of the UN itself. In addition a week of field work will be spent visiting UN projects in Costa Rica.  Tuition fees for the semester are covered, under an agreement between Pembroke and Occidental. The Idle Scholarship itself has a value of £5000, and a further award means that up to £10,000 is available to the successful candidate. This equates to approximately $12,000 which covers $6,000 of accommodation costs in New York, $4,000 of travel, food and other living costs and $2,000 costs associated with the Costa Rica trip.  Details of the courses offered by Occidental are available online at  Prospective applicants should study these closely, and present their application accordingly.


Application procedure


Applicants should submit a CV, together with a statement of not more than 500 words describing their academic interests and their proposed course of study in the USA, to Sally Clowes ( in the Tutorial Office by, Monday 16 January 2017.  Applicants should ensure that the CV and statement of interests between them cover the following points:


  1. academic record and non-academic activities at Cambridge;
  2. reasons for wanting to study and travel in the USA and in New York in particular;
  3. interest in courses to be studied;
  4. plans for travel within the United States on completion of your study;
  5. plans for subsequent career or study.


Applicants should also ask their Director of Studies or Tutor (or other appropriate referee, such as a supervisor) to provide them with a reference, to reach Sally Clowes ( in the Tutorial Office by the same date, Monday 16 January 2017.  Interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be held by the end of January.