Each year, Rhodes scholarships are awarded for pursuing full-time postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford, UK. 83 Rhodes scholars are selected annually from 14 countries or groupings of countries around the world. Each scholarship covers all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to the student’s home country at the conclusion of the scholarship. Applications are open for 2014 round with different deadlines for each country.
About Scholarship: The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. Rhodes scholarship selection committees will be seeking young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.
The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as ‘leaders for the world’s future’. A Rhodes scholarship covers all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the Scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to the student’s home country at the conclusion of the Scholarship.
Study: any course offered by the University of Oxford
Course Level: Rhodes Scholars may read for any full-time postgraduate degree (including the BA with senior status over two years) at the University of Oxford.
Scholarship by: Rhodes Trust
Eligibility: The following eligibility criteria apply to all applicants for the Rhodes Scholarships:
Citizenship & residency: Each applicant must fulfill the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes constituency for which they are applying. Please check the detailed information carefully via the country links.
Age: Age limits vary between constituencies and range from a minimum age limit of 18 to a maximum of 28 by 1 October of the year following selection. In most constituencies, the age limit is 24 or 25. Please check carefully the specific age requirements for your constituency before applying. Successful candidates will arrive in Oxford the October following the selection process. The Scholarship may not normally be deferred.
Education: All applicants must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree by the October following election. Academic standing must be sufficiently high to ensure admission to the University of Oxford, which has very competitive entry requirements, and to give confidence that Rhodes Scholars will perform to a high academic standard in Oxford. Individual constituencies may specify a 1st or equivalent. Please check the detailed requirements via the country links. Some constituencies require an undergraduate degree to have been taken within the constituency of application.
Scholarship Open for: Students of Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe can apply for these scholarships.
Number of awards: 83 Rhodes Scholars are selected annually from 14 countries or groupings of countries around the world.
Duration: The basic tenure of the Scholarship is two years, subject always, and at all times, to satisfactory academic performance and personal conduct. At the discretion of the Trustees, the Scholarship may be extended for a third year for those who take a recognized route to the DPhil. The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and the Masters of Financial Economics (MFE) are only tenable in the second year of the Scholarship.
Value: A Rhodes scholarship covers all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the Scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to the student’s home country at the conclusion of the Scholarship.
Selection Criteria: Four criteria to be used in the election of Scholars:
-literary and scholastic attainments
-energy to use one’s talents to the full
-truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
-moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.
In short, Rhodes scholarship selection committees will be seeking young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.
Apply: For detailed application requirements for each constituency, please visit the country pages via the country links. In broad terms, all constituencies will require the following materials in differing forms:
Evidence of academic record / transcript (complete or in progress) of undergraduate degree and any postgraduate study
Curriculum vitae/resumé or list of principal activities
Personal statement or essay (including, crucially, a clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford and why)
Evidence of age / birth certificate / passport
English Language proficiency (where English is not the first language)
List of referees (usually several are required) who can attest in confidential references to the character and intellect of the applicant, including academic, personal, extra-curricular and leadership achievements (and who should never include people to whom you are related).
Deadline: Australia (closing date 3 September 2013), Bermuda (closing date 25 October 2013), Canada (closing date 18 October 2013), Germany (closing date 30 September 2013), Hong Kong (closing date 25 September 2013), India (closing date 31 July 2013), Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean (closing date 30 September 2013), Kenya (closing date 31 August 2013), New Zealand (closing date 1 August 2013), Pakistan (closing date 31 August 2013), Southern Africa (closing date 15 August 2013), Zambia (closing date 11 October 2013) and Zimbabwe (closing date 1 August 2013). Applications for Rhodes Scholarships in the United States will open on 1 July (closing date 2 October 2013).
Further Information: http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/rhodesscholarship