Tess Little (2010, History) has been elected to an Examination Fellowship at All Souls College. The fellowship will last for seven years.

“I have always wanted to become a writer – a hobby I pursued as a Somerville undergrad – and the fellowship will give me the support and stability to pursue this career,” she said. “At the moment I am writing a short piece of fiction for a commission I won, and there are a few other projects in the pipeline.”

Little is also applying for a D Phil in History at Oxford, to begin in 2015, in order to continue her research on postwar France.

“The fellowship is an amazing opportunity at this stage of my career,” she said. “I have time to focus on my writing, but can also keep a foot in academia. I’m hoping that by the end of my fellowship I’ll have published something – to be shelved in the Old Somervillians Room library!”

Little is currently working on a commission from Words and Women to produce a short piece of fiction to be published in an anthology and performed on stage for International Women’s Day. She has previously worked as a freelance journalist, and has experience at the New York Times’s Paris bureau and at Thomson Reuters in London.

Examination Fellows at All Souls College are full members of the College’s Governing Body, with a vote, stipend or salary, Common Table dining rights, a room in College and various other privileges and benefits.

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