University of Oxford Scholarship Season

It’s that time of year again, where potential international students wishing to study at one of the UK’s finest institutions can apply for scholarships.

83 Rhodes Scholarships are awarded each for for full-time postgraduate studies. The scheme is open to 14 countries around the world and each scholarship covers full fees, modest living expenses and a return airfare.

Applications for 2014 are now open.

Rhodes Scholarships are to support outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford. In short, the aim is to provide transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. Applicants require outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. They want potential “leaders for the world’s future”.

The Rhodes Scholarships are awarded to study any full-time course at postgraduate level offered by University of Oxford and entry for successful applicants may not normally be deferred.

The Scholarships last for two years and are subject – at all times – to satisfactory academic progression and personal conduct. There is scope for the scholarship to be extended to a third year, for those students 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.

There are some quite strict eligibility criteria which follow (they do vary between Rhodes constituencies, so be sure to check:

  • Applicants must meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • Applicants must be aged between 18 to 28 (on 1st October the following year of application)
  • Applicants must be suitable for study at Oxford and therefore should be able to met the regular entry requirements required for their chosen course. In addition, as scholarship winners, applicants will be expected to demonstrate how they can perform over and above the required minimum. Rhodes Scholars are required to perform to a very high academic level and competition for places is fierce.

The Rhodes Scholarship is available to applicants from the following countries:

  • 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
  • Zimbabwe

Four criteria are used to select Rhodes Scholars:

  1. literary and scholastic attainments
  2. energy to use one’s talents to the full
  3. truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  4. moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

How to apply in broad terms (remember to check the exact details for your constituency):

  • 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)
  • Photograph
  • 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).

Application deadline dates:

  • 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)
  • Zimbabwe (closing date 1 August 2013)
  • Applications for Rhodes Scholarships in the United States will open on 1 July (closing date 2 October 2013).

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