The History of the Ali Pachachi Studentship for DPhil Studies

The History of the Ali Pachachi Studentship for DPhil Studies

The Pachachi Studentship was the Middle East Centre's first endowed scholarship. The Fund was established in 1990 through a very generous donation from Mr and Mrs F.E. McCone, who were introduced to the Centre by their friend Dr John Bailey, who had been Bursar of St Antony's. Mrs McCone is the widow of Dr Nadim Pachachi of Iraq and the fund was established in memory of their son Ali who was killed in a car accident. The original Pachachi Fund was established to help postgraduate students in need of financial support during their research. The original Pachachi Trustees were Mr and Mrs McCone, Dr Bailey, Dr Derek Hopwood and Rev. Campbell Pager.

In 1999, Mrs Roberta Pinnell, a close friend of the McCones, bequeathed the proceeds of the sale of her home to the Ali Pachachi Fund. The Pachachi Trustees decided to establish an annual doctoral scholarship that would become one of the Middle East Centre's most coveted awards. While students may apply from any Oxford College, they need to migrate to St Antony's to take up the award.

The Ali Pachachi Scholars
2000-2001 - Samer El-Karanshawy
2001-2002 - Samer El-Karanshawy
2002-2003 - Lucie Ryzova
2003-2004 - Ibrahim al-Marashi
2004-2005 - Mezna Qato
2005-2006 - No award
2006-2007 - Dominic Coldwell
2007-2008 - Avi Spiegel
2008-2009 - Abdel Razzaq Takriti
2009-2010 - No award
2010-2011 - Chauncy Harris
2011-2012 - Nadia Oweidat
2012-2013 - Victor Willi
2013-2014 - Nicholas Simcik-Arese
2014-2015 - Rory McCarthy
2015-2016 - Adel Hamaizia
2016-2017 - Reema Fadda
2017-2018 - Yasmina Abouzzohour
2018-2019 - Sophie Chamas 
2019-2020 - Sophia Frankford