Opening Date: 2018-08-01
Deadline Date: 2018-08-31
University of Oxford (Fully funded)
Rhodes East Africa Scholarship : Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
FOR CANDIDATES – for selection for 2019 only (This
Memorandum cancels those issued for previous years)
Background Information The
Rhodes Scholarship programme is the oldest (established 1903), and perhaps the
most prestigious, international scholarship programme in the world.
Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers more than 100
fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of
Oxford in the UK - one of the world’s leading universities. Selection
Committees for the Scholarships are looking for young leaders of outstanding
intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges,
committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven,
principled leaders for the world’s future. The Selection Committees are looking
for the following:
academic excellence (e.g. First Class
Honours or GPA of minimum 3.7 out of 4.0, or equivalent). Further details on
the academic requirements can be found under ‘Eligibility Criteria’ below
energy to use your talents to the full (as
demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre,
and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
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 your fellow human beings.
Please see the
Scholarships area of the Rhodes Trust website for full details: www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk
information below assumes that you have read and familiarised yourself with the
basic selection criteria for the Rhodes Scholarships on the Rhodes Trust
website. You should also pay close attention to the detailed Conditions of
Tenure for the Scholarship.
Date Applications must be submitted online by 23:59 East Africa Time (EAT),
Friday, 31 August 2018.
2. Eligibility Criteria
You must be a citizen of Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda.
Education/residency: You must have
been resident in one or more of the countries listed above, or Kenya, for at
least five of the last ten years.
Age: You must have reached your 19th
and not have passed your 26th birthday on 1 October 2019, which means you must
have been born after 30 September 1993 and on or before 1 October 2000.
Exceptions, extending the upper age limit by no more than 2 years, may be made
for students who have undertaken an undergraduate degree of five years or more,
at the discretion of the National Secretary. In such cases, exceptions will
only be considered for applicants born after 30 September 1991 and on or before
1 October 2000.
Academic achievement: You must have
completed (or will have completed by no later than July 2019) an undergraduate
degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) to a
sufficiently high standard to be admitted to postgraduate study at the
University of Oxford. This would normally be the equivalent of a First Class,
or a GPA of 3.7 or more. In this respect, please note carefully the
requirements for your chosen course at Oxford.
English Language requirement: You
must have a sufficiently high standard of English to meet the English language
proficiency requirements (at the Higher Level listed) of the University of
Given the very intense international competition for places at the University
of Oxford, candidates studying in Burundi or South Sudan will have a greater
chance of successful admission to Oxford if they have an Honours degree (or
have taken an Honours year) from a University outside of the their country or
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within their country.
contact your National Secretary if you require further advice. Candidates may
wish to consider applying to the Rhodes Trust’s sister Foundation, The Mandela
Rhodes Foundation (https://mandelarhodes.org/), to pursue an Honour’s year or a
Master’s degree prior to making an application for the Rhodes Scholarship.
Multi-jurisdictional Candidates: If you meet the eligibility criteria for more
than one Rhodes Constituency, you must only apply to one.
should apply to the Rhodes Constituency with which you have the greatest
connection. Inter-jurisdictional Candidates: If, as a result of moving between
Rhodes Constituencies, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for any single
Rhodes Constituency, you may be eligible to apply for inter-jurisdictional
visit the ‘Which Scholarship?’ page for further details. Global Scholarship
Candidates: If you are not eligible to apply to any existing Rhodes Constituency
(see list here) and you are not eligible to apply for inter-jurisdictional
consideration, then you can apply for a Global Scholarship, subject to meeting
all other Global Scholarship eligibility criteria and subject to institutional
nomination. Please visit the ‘Which Scholarship?’ page for further details.
see the Scholarships area of the Rhodes Trust website for full details: www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk
applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application by 15 November