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Rhodes Scholarship 2018

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31 July 2018

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About Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship is provided to students for study at the University of Oxford for outstanding all-round education and a transformative experience. Rhodes scholarship India is provided to Indian Students who want to go for postgraduate studies in Humanities, Law, Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture or Sciences. The scholarship is offered for 2 years but the tenure of the scholarship might be extended. The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain along with other benefactors of the fund. 

The application process for The Rhodes Scholarship is already started from 1 July 2018 and interested candidates can fill the application form by 31 July 2018.

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Rhodes Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both 
Region Global
Class/ Age 18-25 years

  • Nationality: The applicant must be an Indian citizen holding a valid Indian passport or equivalent proof of citizenship.
  • Age: Candidates must be of such an age that they will have reached their 19th and not have passed their 25th birthday on the 1 October 2019.
  • Academic Qualification: Candidates must have at least a first-class degree in Humanities, Law, Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture or Sciences from an Indian University. College seniors in the last year of their academic program and have an exceptionally bright academic record can also apply.
    • Candidates must have studied for 4 years of the last 10 years in India.
    • Candidates for the study of medicine, especially the one wishing to do research in clinical departments, should consult the Medical School Offices at Oxford, including the Secretary before they submit their application.
Note: The Committee of Selection for India will decide whether candidates comply with forgoing conditions, and will make the nominations, depending upon the approval from Rhodes Trustees.

Rhodes Scholarship Reward

The scholarship is tenable to the University of Oxford for the span of two years initially which will include:

  • College and University Fees:  Including Tuition fee and University Application Fee.
  • Personal stipend: Personal stipend of 13,658 British Pound will be given to the fellows. 
  • Private Health Insurance: BUPA will provide health insurance to the Rhodes Scholars.
  • Travel Expenses: Rhodes Trust will provide economy class air fare of the to and fro journey from India to Oxford University and back.
  • Duration of the Scholarship: The scholarship is offered for a period of 2-3 years depending on the selected course of study.
    • Under no circumstances, Rhodes Trust will pay the living allowance beyond the third year of the scholarship 

Expenses not covered under Rhodes Scholarship

  • Dependent Expences: Married candidates should bear in mind that the scholarship is only given to one person and that the Trust has no provision for the support of scholar’s spouse. Spouses who are international citizens might find it difficult to look for paid work.

Rhodes Scholarship Application form and Process

Rhodes Scholarship accepts the online application and interested candidates need to make application on the official application portal of Rhodes Trust. 

Click Here to Apply Online

For initial application, candidates can send electronic copies but while appearing for the interview, candidates need to carry their original documents. The details required while filling the form are as follow:

  • Age Proof: Either a School leaving certificate or an extract from a University Register signed by the Registrar, as evidence of age (Candidates must submit attested copy and the copy will not be returned back to the student.)
  • Academic Qualification Proof: Evidence of courses taken and degrees, honors and other academic marks achieved by the candidate. This evidence must be formally certified by the Registrar or any other responsible officer of the candidate’s University (candidates should only submit attested copy of the certificates which will not be returned.)
  • An essay to be submitted in terms of candidates' abilities & interests and his/her plan for the future along with his aims.
    • The essay should not exceed 1000 words and should be in simple and direct English.
    • Please take time and write this essay carefully. It is an opportunity for the student to tell his/her story, aims, interests, priorities, what the candidate has achieved and hopes to achieve. The essay will assist the Selection Committee in determining whom to invite for interview.
  • Referrals: The email addresses of six persons should be mentioned in the letters and at least three of them should be people who have taught the candidate. At least three referees should mention the abilities and skills of the candidate in their letters.
  • Photograph: A photograph, digital and hard copy (passport-size, un-mounted) will be requested from shortlisted candidates.
  • Citizenship Proof: A copy of valid Passport as a proof of Indian Citizenship.
  • Medical Statement: Successful candidates will be asked to provide a voluntary medical statement.

Submission of the Application form

Although the complete application process is online but in case applicants are having problems in completing the online application process they can send the printout of the online application form along with other documents to The Rhodes Trust by the means of registered post.

Rhodes Scholarship Selection Process

Rhodes Scholarship selection process consists of three stages. At the initial stage, candidates are selected on the basis of their application forms, shortlisted candidates are interviewed at regional centres or by the means of phone. For the final selection, candidates will have to go through Final in-person Interview. The details of the selection process are as follow:

  • Stage 1- Shortlisting: Candidates will be shortlisted from all the received applications and the shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.
  • Stage 2- Preliminary Interviews: Candidates shortlisted in the first stage will be called for interviews at the regional centers including Delhi, Bengaluru, and Kolkata. Those candidates residing outside India will be interviewed either by Video Conferencing or on phone.
  • Stage 3- Final Interviews: The candidates selected in Preliminary Interviews will be called for the final in-person interview anytime between October or November 2018.

Criteria for final selection

The selection criteria, as found in the Will of Cecil Rhodes, determine the selection of candidates from all constituencies. The provisions are:

  • Literary and scholastic attainments
  • To use one's energy to the fullest extent possible
  • Truth, sympathy for and protection of the weak, courage, devotion to duty, kindness, unselfishness, and fellowship
  • Moral character and will to lead

Selection in each Rhodes constituency is by committees comprised of Rhodes alumni and distinguished non-Scholar members of the community. In general, committees will select application of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.   

Rhodes Scholarship Contact Details

The Rhodes Scholarships in India
International Centre for Genetic
Engineering & Biotechnology,
PO Box 10504, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg,
New Delhi 110067 India.

Phone: +91 11 2674 1260
Fax: +91 11 2674 2316
E-mail: viranderschauhan@gmail.com

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