Sic itur ad astra


Patrick Fridenson Fellow (GB, Emeriti, Honorary, Foundation, Visiting, Research, 1977). Lifetime Achievement Award of the European Business History Association awarded in Oslo on August 24th, 2023.

Simon Lebus (Modern History, 1979).  Awarded CBE in 2023 King's Birthday Honours for services to educational assessment as Interim Chief Regulator at Ofqual in 2021.

Denise Nadeau (MLitt History, 1971) Her book, Unsettling Spirit: A Journey into Decolonization, McGill-Queens University Press, 2020, has won the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion 2021 Prize


Olufemi Vaughan (DPhil, 1985) John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 2022.

Jorge Heine (Visiting Fellow 1984) In May 2023 he was awarded the Adil Najam Prize for Advancing the Public Understanding of Global Affairs by the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where he has been a research professor since 2019. The prize, named after the School's Inaugural Dean, is awarded annually to a faculty member for excellence as global public scholar and for advancing the public understanding of any international policy issue of major importance in world affairs. The citation partially reads: "Ambassador Jorge Heine embodies the Pardee School in one person: he is a lawyer, an IR scholar and a diplomat. He has been a distinguished public servant, a policy researcher and a first-rate scholar-teacher".


João Carlos Espada (DPhil Social Studies, Politics, 1990). On 10 May 2019, Professor João Carlos Espada, Director of the Institute for Political Studies of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, was presented the Honorary OBE (Honorary Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition of services to UK/Portugal bilateral relations. The ceremony took place at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Lisbon, HE Christopher Sainty.

Bahri Yilmaz (Senior Member, 1994). Emeritus Professor Bahri Yilmaz has been awarded a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation one more time. He will research on the topic of "The World's Interest and Competition Concentrated in the Asia-Indo-Pacific Region: Current Situation and Future Perspectives" at the Faculty of East Asian Studies of the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum. EU Ad Personam Jean Monnet Professor and Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Ariana Adjani (MPhil Russian & Eurasian Studies, 2005). Ariana Adjani's impact on the delivery of vital improvements in patient care has been recognised in Oxfordshire LEP Business Awards, as Fine Treatment, the R&D and medtech company she's the Co-Founder of, has won the Most Innovative Business: Highly Commended Award. Selected out of over 600 high-impact companies across Oxfordshire, Fine Treatment improves people's health and the quality of life through their patented non-invasive treatment for different chronic diseases. The Awards ceremony was held at the Natural History Museum in the heart of Oxford.

Cristina Blanco Sío-López (Visiting Fellow, 2017) Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López (Santander Senior Fellow, 2017-2018) has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS) in acknowledgement of her contribution to historical scholarship: 

Samuel Brielmaier (MSc Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, 2019) After his Master's degree in Oxford, he completed a second Master at the University of Konstanz. He is very happy to have received the Dietrich H. Boesken Award for the best Master's degree in 2022 at the University of Konstanz! In his master thesis, he investigated possible discrimination in the responses to citizens' inquiries by members of parliament. Screening over 2500 studies, he identified more than 50 relevant experiments and aggregated their effects in a large meta-analysis. Two interesting findings stand out: the response rate is 1.5 percentage points higher for female than male constituents, and constituents from ethnic minorities had a 4.4 percentage points lower response rate than those from a majority. The thesis – and therefore the award, too – are directly connected to his studies at St. Antony's, as I profited from two extensive courses on how to conduct state-of-the-art meta-analyses during his time there (also gives him the good feeling that the night-shifts in the dungeon were worth it).

Anna Davidson (MSc Russian and East European Studies (2019); DPhil Area Studies (current). Anna J. Davis (née Davidson) was selected as a Grímsson Fellow by the Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson Centre to conduct research entitled, 'Becoming Arctic.' The aim of the fellowship is to promote cooperation and knowledge as well as relations between international and Icelandic communities. The Fellowship was created by the new Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson Centre and launched in November 2022 at a conference in Ísafjörður; opened by the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir. It is in cooperation with Arctic Circle, UW Iceland, Háskóli Íslands, Háskólinn á Akureyri, Reykjavik University and the biotechnology company Kerecis. at the Arctic Circle Secretariat. The 2023-2025 cohort is the first of its kind. The fellows are invited to stay for 2-6 weeks in the House of Grímur, where President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was born and his family lived. The house is in the historic town of Ísafjörður, the capital of the beautiful Westfjords region in Iceland. The 2023-2025 application round received 251 applications from around 60 countries, with only 10 applicants selected. Each Fellow will deliver a lecture or take part in dialogue sessions at the University Centre of the Westfjords, or in one of the three Universities.

Asha Jibril (MSc Migration Studies, 2015) She was made the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) Class of 2023 Global Top 100 list in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent and in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of WHO.  She will be awarded following the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City, September 28th - October 2nd, 2023.

Rebecca Clifford (DPhil Modern History, 2003) Rebecca Clifford's 2020 book 'Survivors: Children's Lives After the Holocaust' won the 2022 Yad Vashem prize for the best new historical work on the Holocaust.

Ivana Gabriele-Smith (MSc Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 2021). She was awarded a 2023-2024 CASA I Fellowship to participate in an intensive Arabic language and culture program in Amman, Jordan. The fellowship is awarded by the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) and receives its primary funding from the United States Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays – Group Projects Abroad grant.

Muhammad Jawad Noon (Master of Science in Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, 2016) has been selected for this year's 40 under 40 Public Health Catalyst Award by the Boston Congress of Public Health (BCPH). This international award recognizes the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, activists, intellectual provocateurs, and authors who made exceptional contributions to the field of public health, health equity, and social justice.

Isaac Kardon (MPhil Modern Chinese Studies, 2007) was co-winner of the Perry World House Foreign Affairs Prize (leading to publication of article “China’s Port Power” in Foreign Affairs magazine, May 2023)

Imogen Resnick (MSc Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 2018) joined the Executive Board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, a global NGO serving 2 million members worldwide in more than 1,250 congregations in over 50 countries.

Irina Roldugina (DPhil History, 2017) won the 2023 Leverhulme early career postdoc and British Academy early career postdoc. She accepted the Leverhulme award.

Okan YARDIMCI (Academic Visitor at the South East European Studies of Oxford at St Antony's College 2019-2020) Okan YARDIMCI, a former fellow at the SEESOX, St Antony, has been selected as one of twenty-one who make up the 2023 Eastern Europe Fellows of Eisenhower. The fellowship is highly competitive, and recipients are typically accomplished professionals, entrepreneurs, academics, or government officials who have already made significant contributions to their fields. Since its founding as a birthday present to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953, EF has connected and empowered leaders from all fields from across the world. More than 2,500 mid-career leaders from 115 countries have benefitted from the unique experience of an Eisenhower Fellowship.

Julia Zulver (DPhil Sociology, 2012) Her book, High-Risk Feminism in Colombia, has won the 2023 Conflict Research Society's Book of the Year Award.