Rhodes scholarships, 2013

Rhodes scholarships, 2013

Applications are now open in India for what are widely considered to be the most prestigious post-graduate academic scholarships in the world — the Rhodes Scholarships.

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding students and enabling two to three years, depending on the academic route taken, of study at the University of Oxford, the oldest and among the most prestigious universities in the world.

The Rhodes Scholarships aspire to create ‘leaders for the world’s future’ and are achievement-based awards open to students with proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard who show exceptional character, leadership, achievement in extra-curricular activities and a commitment to service in the public good.

Since Independence, there have been 192 Rhodes scholars from India. This illustrious list includes prominent personalities such as Olympian Ranjit Bhatia, playwright Girish Karnad, and economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Each year, five Indian scholars are selected on the basis of their intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service, to join 78 other Rhodes scholars from around the world at the University of Oxford.

Applications are open to Indian citizens between the ages of 19 and 25 (as of October 1, 2013) who have received at least one first class degree from an Indian university. Students in their final year of college with exceptional academic backgrounds may also apply. Applications for this year’s enrolment close on July 31, 2012.

The Rhodes Scholarships, which were instituted under the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, include all university and college fees for two to three years (depending on the academic route taken), an annual stipend of around £ 13,000, health insurance and travel expenses to the University of Oxford before the start of the programme and a return ticket following the course of study.

Studying at the University of Oxford will give the chosen scholars access to world class academicians in their field as well as an international alumni network that includes heads of state, Pulitzer Prize winning authors, Nobel Prize winners and Olympians.

To apply for the Rhodes Scholarships for India 2013, aspirants must submit an online application, which includes submission of academic transcripts, the names of six references, a medical certificate, proof of age and an essay describing the proposed course of study at Oxford, general interests and activities, including sports and future aim of the candidate, each as further described in the Rhodes Scholarships 2013 India Memorandum.

Outstanding applicants will be shortlisted for regional and final interviews with a panel consisting of eminent personalities who will recommend the final five Rhodes Scholars for 2013. The five Rhodes scholars-elect for 2012 are physicist Akul Dayal from IIT Delhi, geologist and forestry student Nikita Kaushal from Pune University; sociologist Sujit Thomas from Delhi University’s School of Economics, chemistry student Amit Kumar from IIT Roorkee and Vrinda Bhandari from National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

They will commence their course of study at the University of Oxford in October 2012. More information about the Rhodes Scholarships,can be found at www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/page/rhodes-india.

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