For 2023 Post-graduate Studies at Oxford University
 

Virtual Information Session for Nelson Mandela University students:
Tuesday, 07 June 2022 between 13h00 – 14h00
RSVP by no later than 05 June 2022 (17:00) to: southernafrica.secretary@rhodestrust.com


The Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa is open to applicants from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).

This prestigious study opportunity is aimed at academically-strong, post-graduate students who might wish to further their studies at Oxford University. The scholarship programme is inclusive and open to all disciplines.


Background:

The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and prestigious scholarships in the world. This scholarship is administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford. The Trust awards 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Rhodes Scholarships are for young leaders who possess outstanding intellect and character, and furthermore, for young leaders who are motivated to engage with global challenges. This scholarship is also suited for individuals who are committed to the service of others and have the potential of becoming value-driven, principled leaders in the future.

This scholarship looks at individuals who meet their selection criteria which is made up of academic excellence, the use of talents (sport, music, debate, theatre, dance and so forth) and personal characteristics such as leadership roles, kindness shown to fellow humans, devotion to duty and fellowship.


Eligibilty Criteria:

* Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia or eSwatini.

* Education/residency: You must have resided for at least five years within the period of ten years immediately preceding your application in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia or eSwatini.

* Age:

  1. Upon 1 October 2022, you must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1998 and on or before 1 October 2004).
  2. For older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual:
    • May not have passed their 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1995)
    • completed their first undergraduate degree on or after 1 October 2021.
  3. For candidates who are MBBCh or MBChB graduates, and required to complete their compulsory internship and/or community service:
    • Candidates may not have passed their 27th birthday on 1 October 2022, you must have not reached your 27th birthday (which means they must have been born after 1 October 1995)
    • Candidates should apply either during their second year of internship, or during their community service year, provided that they meet the age requirement above.
    • Candidates that can apply in their community service year (without breaching the age requirement above) are encouraged to do so.
  4. Other health sciences graduates in order to complete any compulsory internship and/or community service: Candidates who have completed the necessary health sciences degrees for admission to, and intend to be admitted to, any registered health profession that requires the completion of any compulsory internship and/or community service, may write to the Rhodes Scholarship National Secretariat to seek exemption to allow them to apply in their internship or community service year, provided that they will not have passed their 27th birthday on 01 October 2022 (which means they must have been born after 01 October 1994), and if:
    • They cannot be accommodated under (1) and (2) above; and
    • They are in a similar position to medical students given that, even if there are no delays or breaks in or between the completion of their compulsory university studies, internship and/or community service, they would not be able to be accommodated either under the general age limit or under exception (2) above.

Note: The University's policy determines the date of completion of academic requirement for a degree and this may be different from when a degree is considered awarded by the university. In ambiguous cases, the decision of the National Secretary is final. You must write to the Rhodes Scholarship National Secretariat to seek exemption to allow you to apply in your internship or community service year. This is provided that upon 1 October 2021 you must have not reached your 27th birthday.

* Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by 30 June 2023) 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. In this respect, please note carefully the requirements for your chosen course at Oxford


Application Procedure:

  • You can apply online from 01 June 2022 at https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/applications/ via the scholarships tab.
  • You must submit your application online, with all supporting documents, by 23:59pm on 01 August 2022.
  • In preparation for making your application, you should read carefully the general information, particularly that held on the Scholarships tab, on the Rhodes website, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship, the information in this document and the graduate admissions pages of the University of Oxford: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a social engagement (a dinner) and a final interview. You must be available to attend both, in person, as no accommodations can be made on date and time, or mode, of these events. Interviews will be held in the region to which you have applied, all interviews will have taken place by the end of November.
  • All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application.


Documents and details to be submitted with application:

This is an online application and all documents must be attached to your online application. Incomplete applications submitted will result in the application being rejected. Furthermore, no hardcopies will be accepted.


If you are selected and invited for the interview process the following documentation must be in your possession at the interview:

  • A certified copy of your birth certificate
  • A certified copy of your school leaving certificate
  • An official transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date).
  • Details of any employment or enterprise you have undertaken during your studies or thereafter.
  • If English is not your first language, please also see the University's English language requirements: http://www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/englishproficiency.
  • A full curriculum vitae which should include details about academic qualifications, prizes, scholarships, positions of leadership, employment positions, involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments. This should not exceed two A4 (12pt) pages in length. Please do not include a photograph of yourself.
  • A head-and-shoulders colour photograph (jpg format).
  • A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words. This statement will explain who you are, what matters to you, what you are hoping to do in the world, your aims. You can find further guidance on the personal statement on the ‘Application Overview’ page.


Selection Procedure:

  • Selection for the Rhodes Scholarship is made without regard to financial means.
  • You are applying for a Rhodes Scholarship for entry to the University of Oxford in October 2023; the scholarship cannot be deferred.
  • The Rhodes Scholarship is confirmed only upon successful admission to the University of Oxford.
  • The decision of the Selection Committee is final.
  • Selection for the Rhodes Scholarship is made without regard to marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social background, disability, caste or other irrelevant distinction.

 

Interested applicants are also encouraged to engage with Professor Mathabo Khau (Mathabo.Khau@mandela.ac.za)and Dr Margie Childs (Margie.Childs@mandela.ac.za) who are Rhodes Ambassadors at Nelson Mandela University, for any guidance related to the application process.

Dates for 2023 Study:
1 June 2022    - applications open
1 August 2022 - applications close


Information Session:
7 June 2022, 13h00-14h00
RSVP by 5 June to
southernafrica.secretary@rhodestrust.com


Additional Documentation:


For further enquiries:
beverley.johnson@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk