Named after British businessman Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes scholarship was established in 1903, and is the oldest and one of the most respected international graduate scholarship programs in the world.
The Rhodes scholarship is funded by the Rhodes Trust with support from John McCall MacBain, founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation, and other generous benefactors. The scholarship is only applicable for students studying in the University of Oxford.
Around 83 aspirants are selected annually as Rhodes scholars from 14 countries.
What does the Rhodes Scholarships cover?
As mentioned, the Rhodes Scholarships is open to around 14 countries across the world. They are:
All the 83 Rhodes scholars are given residence at Rhodes house in Oxford. The scholars can choose to pursue a wide variety of courses at Oxford. Rhodes scholars may only undertake the Master of Business Administration or the Master of Financial Economics in the second year of the scholarship.
Nearly 200 Indians have been awarded the Rhodes scholarship since 1947, and every year there are five Rhodes scholarships available for the country’s aspirants.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Girish Karnad and Mahesh Rangarajan are some of the few famous personalities from India who have previously been Rhodes scholars.
Eligibility criteria for Rhodes Scholarship:
There are three general eligibility criteria which are applicable to students from all mentioned countries. They are:
Th criteria for Indian Students are:
What does the scholarship cover?
When and How to apply?
Applications for Rhodes scholarships open during the spring and summer of the year preceding the year of admission. The applications usually open in April and the aspirants should submit their completed forms by end of July.
Following steps can guide you in the application process:
First step: You can apply for the scholarship online. Make sure you have the application package ready by the time you are submitting the application.
Your application package should include:
Second step: Wait for the selection committee to review your application.
The selection criteria are as follows:
Third Step: After the application packages are reviewed, aspirants are short-listed for a preliminary, personal interview, held at four regional centres, including Mumbai (Pune), Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi.
Candidates selected from these regional interviews are then called for the final interview in December. Rhodes Trust pays the traveling expenses of candidates invited for the final interview.
What after selection?
Once selected, a scholar will be given information to make an application to the University of Oxford. Those applying for postgraduate courses should apply to Oxford in early January. The courses for the scholarship programmes, generally, start in October.
What are the suitable scholarships to study abroad?
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