Applications are now open in India for the Rhodes Scholarships. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students, to enable two to three years, depending on the academic route taken, of study at the University of Oxford.
Since Independence, there have been 197 Rhodes Scholars from India. Each year, five Indian scholars are selected on the basis of their intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service, to join 78 other Rhodes Scholars from around the world at the University of Oxford.
Applications for the 2014 edition of the scholarship are open to Indian citizens between the ages of 19 and 25 (as of October 1, 2014) who have received at least one first class degree from an Indian university.
Students in their final year of college with exceptional academic backgrounds may also apply. This year’s enrollment closes on July 31, 2013.
A class of 83 scholars is selected each year from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Rhodes Scholarships, which were instituted under the will of Cecil Rhodes in early 1900s, include all university and college fees for two to three years (depending on the academic route taken), an annual stipend of around £13,000 (2012-2013), health insurance and travel expenses to the University of Oxford before the start of the programme and a return ticket following the course of study.
Studying at the University of Oxford will give the chosen scholars access to world class academics in their field as well as an international alumni network that includes heads of state, Pulitzer Prize winning authors, Nobel Prize winners and Olympians.
To apply for the Rhodes Scholarships for India 2014, aspirants must submit an online application, which includes submission of academic transcripts, the names of six references, a medical certificate, proof of age and an essay describing the proposed course of study at Oxford, general interests and activities, including sports or other activities demonstrating energy and drive and future aims of the candidate, each as further described in the Rhodes Scholarships 2014 India Memorandum.
Selection committees comprise Rhodes Scholars and community leaders from diverse backgrounds. Outstanding applicants will be shortlisted for regional and final interviews with a panel consisting of eminent personalities who will recommend the final five Rhodes Scholars for 2014.
For details visit www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/page/rhodes-india