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Rhodes scholarship: The perfect way to fund your Oxford Education

Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships are one of the worlds most prestigious scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding postgraduate students to fund their education for two years of study at the prestigious University of Oxford.

The scholarships are granted by the Rhodes Trust, in partnership with other generous benefactors, including the founder of Second Century, John McCall MacBain. Every year the grant selects 95 scholars from approximately 28 countries, including India for awarding the scholarships.

The scholarship enables the students to cover their education and living expenses and provides them with life transforming experiences during their years at Oxford. Rhodes scholarship in India The Office for the Rhodes scholarship in India is situated at New Delhi.

Every year the Rhodes Scholarship Grant selects five outstanding students out of thousands of applicants. As a result, the selection process for the scholarship is extremely competitive. The prestigious scholarships have been awarded to Indians since 1947.

Famous Alumni and Current scholars from India Many recipients of the Rhodes Scholarships from India, have gone on to distinguish themselves in their respective fields. Prominent among them being.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia Illustrious economic policy maker; Lavanya Rajamani  Professor, advisor, and author on the subjects of climate change laws and environmental policy; Girish Karnad  Award-winning Indian actor; and Mahesh Rangarajan  Researcher, historian, and writer, advocating the cause of environmental history.

The current scholars elect for the year 2017 from India include, Iqbal Bhalla - a student of St Xavier's College, Mumbai, who completed his BSc in Biology and Biochemistry and MSc in Ecology evolution and conservation; and intends to pursue a DPhil in zoology at Oxford; Dhruva Bhatt- a student of Harvard University, currently pursuing BA Economics.

He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard and has represented and won many debating championships for Harvard at various international and inter-collegiate competitions; Gauri Pillai  a final year student of law at the West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences.

At Oxford she intends to focus on human rights law; Mary Kavita Dominic  A student of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, where she is pursuing her B.A LL.B with honors.

Mary has interned at HelpAge India and has worked on the rights of the elderly. At Oxford, she intends to pursue Bachelor of Civil Law, with a focus on International Criminal Law and comparative human rights; and VanshRaj Jain a student of National Law School of India University at Bangalore, where he is studying for his B.A LL.B (Hons).

[Read More: Types of UK Scholarships]

Eligibility For Scholarship

At Oxford Jain intends to read for the Bachelor of civil law with a focus on international criminal law. Eligibility for Scholarship The eligibility criteria for Rhodes scholars from India is as follows

  1. The applicant should be a citizen of India
  2. The applicant should have completed or intending to complete an undergraduate degree, by October of the year applying for
  3. The applicant should have completed at least preceding four years out of ten of formal study from a school in India.
  4. The applicant should have either completed his school leaving examination from India or should have completed or been a final year student of an undergraduate course at a university in India.
  5. The applicant should be between 19 and 25 years of age at the time of applying.

Application Procedure and Selection Process The applicant needs to apply by 31st July of the year preceding the one which he/she intends to study at Oxford. The applicant needs to submit the following with his application

  1. Transcripts of undergraduate or postgraduate records as proof of academic excellence
  2. Resume or list of related curricular and extra-curricular activities
  3. Essay or personal statement, elaborating on the intended course of study at Oxford, and why Oxford would be the best fit for the student at that time
  4. Proof of age
  5. Proof of proficiency in the English Language
  6. List of several referees, who can vouch for the character and academic and extra-curricular accomplishments of the applicant.

[Read More: Application Process For UK Study Visa]

Owing to the high number of applicants and low rate of acceptance, the selection process is highly competitive. The Rhodes grant looks for candidates who primarily exhibit the following traits

  1. Academic and literary achievements
  2. The ability and energy to use one's talents in diverse fields, and to be a well-rounded personality with achievements in diverse fields.
  3. The ability to work in a team and exhibition of leadership qualities.
  4. An exceptional moral character, with a pressing desire to uphold the truth through adversity and to help one's fellow human beings.

The Rhodes Scholarships, prestigious as they are, may seem out of grasp for many. However, with an early start and meticulous preparation, you can achieve the impossible.

To know more about the Rhodes Scholarship get in touch with Global Tree, one of the best Overseas Education Consultancies in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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