Pembroke-King’s Programme alumnus wins Clarendon Scholarship

by Nick Godfrey

Pembroke-King’s Programme (PKP) alumnus Jean-Robert Lalancette has won a Clarendon Scholarship to take an MPhil at Oxford.  Jean-Robert, who also won one of the four PKP Summer Scholarships to attend PKP in 2011 and has just finished his undergraduate degree at McGill University, had this to say about winning the scholarship:

It is with great fondness that I reflect back to that summer of 2011 in the Pembroke-King’s Programme for it offered so much for students; not only did I attend top-rate classes and unforgettable lectures, but also memorable outings in Edinburgh, formal hall dinners, and leisurely walks to Grantchester. But what I treasure most from my time at Pembroke College was the enriching intellectually-driven atmosphere of life in a Cambridge college because it became a huge contributing factor to my academic success. Not only did I grow intellectually by being surrounded by great professors, interesting special guests, and high-calibre students from all over the world, but my research supervision under Jonathan Steinberg laid the groundwork for my essay on France and the decolonization of Africa that won the Sherman Family Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship from the Center of Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University. Furthermore, my challenging summer in the PKP programme gave me great confidence in my abilities, taught me to push myself to new levels, and convinced me that I belonged in a top-notch graduate programme in the United Kingdom. As a result, I finished my undergraduate studies on such a great note, that I was recently awarded one of the most coveted comprehensive scholarships at the University of Oxford, the Clarendon Scholarship, to study the diplomacy of contemporary Arab states in the Oriental Studies Department’s two-year Modern Middle Eastern Studies MPhil programme.