Every year the Rhodes Scholarships offers opportunities to high performing students in Southern Africa. The Rhodes Trust foundation offers students a postgraduate position at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
The scholarships are offered to some students at certain Universities in Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Malawi). The Rhodes Trust Scholarship is the oldest international scholarship in the world and certainly one of the most prestigious ones. Oxford University is one of the best Universities in the world and an excellent way to start your academic career.
Every year a few individuals are selected in Southern Africa for these Scholarships. In order to make a chance on being selected they have 4 broad criteria for their selection:
1. You have shown Academic Excellent in your current study at your university. You should be a top student
2. Besides Academic skills they are also looking for students who use their Energy in other skill sets like: Sports, Dance, Theatre, Music or other artistic pursuits.
3. Character is also important. Can you show true devotion or kindness? Do you care and protect the weaker individuals in our society? Are you selfish or unselfish?
4. Are you able to lead or do show interest in your fellow students or other people in our society?
If you want to take a chance at doing your postgraduate at Oxford University, you will need to satisfy the following requirements.
There are several committees where you can apply for. Make sure to read the information for candidates document to find out for what committee you should apply for.
The South Africa at Large committee selects the candidates for this Scholarship and will recommend them to the Rhodes Trust foundation. Within the SA at large committee there are four local committees
Each year the KZN committee may make 1 direct recommendation to Rhodes Trust each year. You can only apply for this Scholarship if you are a permanent resident of KZN or if you followed a large part of your education inside KZN
If you are a resident of one of these countries you can apply for the Scholarship. There is 1 spot available and the procedure is the same as for the SA at large Scholarships
There is also 1 spot available for former pupils at certain partner schools. ( 1 for each category)
If you are interested in this postgraduate scholarship, you can do your application online. Make sure to read all the relevant information that is provided at their website.
Full requirements and documents are explained in the information for candidates document.
Applications are open 1 June 2020
Applications close 15 August 2020