Category: Scholarships

Weidenfeld-Hoffmann alumnus Shohini Sengupta writes to us from New Delhi, where she is a Research Fellow at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. Her research covers law and financial regulation, providing assessment and advice for the Indian government. In this blog post, she discusses her work and her recently published article on corporate responsibility

Louis Dreyfus Scholar Simukai Chigudu recently returned to Oxford after conducting field research in Northern Uganda among women’s peace activists. His article based on this research, ‘The Social Imaginaries of Women’s Peace Activism in Northern Uganda,’ has been published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics. In this blog post, he discusses the work he did […]

On 21st October, eleven Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholars had the opportunity to travel to Cambridge to attend a lecture on “In Order to Succeed in Peace Mediation You have to be an Honest Broker” by Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland (1994-2000). Mr. Ahtisaari is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and also served as a United […]

At the start of the academic year, all of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholars came together in Oxford for the Robin Hambro Moral Philosophy Seminar which took place at Harris Manchester College, 26-29 September. The seminar is an opportunity for the scholars to settle into life in Oxford and get to know one another, as well as […]

The article was originally published on the website of the Louis Dreyfus Fondation d’entreprise, one of the Scholarship Programme’s generous donors. The Foundation’s work includes promoting sustainable agriculture and improving food security throughout the developing world.  The behaviour of small-scale farmers has changed in many areas of rural South Africa. This is a result of a complex mix […]

Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar Ida Githu from Kenya writes of her experiences conducting research on water provision Karagita – supported by a Max Weidenfeld travel grant – and the uncomfortable insight it gave her into the dire economic inequality in the area. Some academics have classified slums as ‘slums of despair’ and ‘slums of hope’. Well, […]

  You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place – like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll also miss the person you are now at this time and in this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again. Oxford for me – with its rigorous academic […]

The International Monetary Fund’s now much maligned Structural Adjustment Programmes rolled through Africa in the late 1980’s, liberalising markets, trimming the reach of the African state and re-orienting the continent towards the prevailing market economic status quo. A key aspect of these interventions was the privatization of state enterprises. Tanzania’s long experiment with ‘African Socialism’ […]

I was a precocious pre-pubescent child when I first encountered the word penetrate in a newspaper. It was not really a proper newspaper, I must confess. It was, more accurately, a rough pamphlet of a few pages with words typewritten in blue font. I still remember poring over the page where the word appeared, the […]

Flying over the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga Province, one cannot help but marvel at the beautiful scenery from the dense forests on plains and occasional hills, with meandering rivers and scattered lakes. To add onto this geographical beauty, the country’s sub-soil is overflowing with natural resources – from minerals to oil and natural gas […]