THE RHODES SCHOLARSHIP FOR INDIA – A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE RHODES TRUST AND THE SECOND CENTURY FOUNDER, JOHN MCCALL MACBAIN O.C.
INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES – for selection for 2020 only (This Memorandum cancels those issued for previous years)
Background Information The Rhodes Scholarship programme is the oldest (established 1903) international scholarship programme in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom – one of the world’s leading universities. Rhodes Scholarships are 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 broad selection criteria are:
• Academic excellence – specific 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, including 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: http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk
The 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.
1. Closing Date
Applications must be submitted online by 23:59 India Standard Time, Wednesday, 31 July 2019.
2. Eligibility Criteria
a. Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen of India, holding an Indian passport, or equivalent proof of citizenship;
PIO or OCI card holders do not satisfy the Indian citizenship criteria for this purpose.
b. Education/residency: You must have undertaken formal study at an educational institution in India for a minimum of 4 of the last 10 years, and have either (i) completed a school leaving exam (10th or 12th standard or equivalent) at a school in India, or (ii) have received, or be in the final year of, an undergraduate degree at a university in India.
c. Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 25th birthday on 1 October 2020, which means you must have been born after 30 September 1995 and on or before 1 October 2001. Please note: For medical students and medical doctors who are pursuing, or who have completed, their one-year internship (CRRI), the age limit is extended by one year; in these cases, you must have been born after 30 September 1994 and on or before 1 October 2001.
d. Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2020) your undergraduate degree with First Class, or equivalent. Successful candidates typically feature within the top few ranks of their graduating classes. Please note: only one of the five available Scholarships (and, in exceptional cases, two) may be awarded in aggregate to (i) candidates who are pursuing, or have pursued, their undergraduate studies outside India and (ii) inter-jurisdictional Candidates.
Costs covered by the Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship is for two years in the first instance. The Rhodes Scholarship covers Oxford University (and College) fees as well as providing an annual stipend. For the 2019/20 academic year, the stipend will be £15,900 per annum (£1,325 per month). Please note – this is not sufficient to cover partners or dependants.
The detailed Conditions of Tenure document outlines permitted combinations of degrees, and how many years of study are covered by the Scholarship, as the latter depends on course choice – for example up to three years of fees and stipend is available to Scholars who choose to undertake a DPhil (PhD) at Oxford.
In addition to the above, the Rhodes Trust will cover two economy class flights – to and from the UK – for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford. Scholars receive a settling in allowance on arrival (£225 in 2017-18). The International Health Surcharge, which enables international students to access the UK’s National Health Service, is covered for the duration of a Scholar’s tenure. Following selection for the Scholarship, the Rhodes Trust will also cover the application fee required to apply to study at the University of Oxford.
A number of research grants are also available to Rhodes Scholars, on application, which enables Scholars to, for example, attend international conferences or conduct additional fieldwork.