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rhodes scholarship 2009

Rhodes Scholarship 2009

Scholarships Office

University of Canterbury and Lincoln University

Tuesday 3 June 2008

rhodes scholarship
Rhodes Scholarship
  • Rhodes Scholarship enables outstanding individuals to further their studies at the University of Oxford and pursue full-time graduate degrees
  • Three Scholarships are allocated to New Zealand students each year
  • 43 graduates of the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University have been Rhodes Scholars
  • Applications close August 1, 2008
history of the rhodes scholarship
History of the Rhodes Scholarship
  • Oldest and most prestigious scholarship
  • Est. and endowed by the will of Mr Cecil John Rhodes
  • Mr Rhodes was an Oxford Scholar – felt Oxford fostered broad views and personal development
  • Trust created to provide education for potential future world leaders and people of influence
  • Hint: Do your research on Mr Rhodes for interviews!
  • Tenable at the University of Oxford only
  • Undertake a full time graduate degree (excludes MBA)
    • Two year BPhil or MPhil or BCL
      • includes second undergrad Oxford BA (2 years Final Honour School)
    • One year taught Masters (course work only)
    • Direct entry to a DPhil
  • Tenable for 2 years (normally), but no requirement to study for more than one year
  • If accepted to a doctoral programme, may be tenable for 3 years (renewal)
  • NOTE: Scholarship does not guarantee admission to University! Rhodes Scholars winners will be given special application forms due Jan 1 at Oxford
  • College and University fees paid by Rhodes Trust
  • Personal allowance of at least ₤11,000 per year
  • Air travel costs to and from the United Kingdom
  • Citizens of New Zealand OR British subjects domiciled in New Zealand for at least five years
  • Aged between 19 - 25 by 1 October in the year the Scholarship tenure commences (ie. not born before 1 October 1984)
  • Graduate/expect to graduate with a degree from a NZ University
  • Expecting to complete Bachelor’s degree (as a minimum qualification) by end of 2008 – suggested Bachelors (Hons) (or LLB with Honours) at very highest level for competitive admission to Oxford
  • Qualities valued by Mr Rhodes in order for scholars to come to “esteem the performance of public duties as his (or her) highest aim”, including:
    • Proven intellectual and academic ability of a high standard
    • Integrity of character
    • Interest in and respect for others
    • Leadership ability
    • Demonstrated energy to use their talents to the full
  • Hint: Not considered on only academic achievements, must be an all-rounder!
application and selection process
Application and Selection Process
  • Apply, using the prescribed application form, to the university from which you graduated or at which you are enrolled by 1 August 2008 at 5pm!
  • Applications forms available off www.nzvcc.ac.nz, along with detailed guidelines
application form
Application Form
  • Statement
    • IMPORTANT DOCUMENT! Max 1500 words
    • Course of study and work you intend to pursue
    • General interest and activities (what drives you/motivation)
    • Why have you chosen this path? Major influences in life? Plans for the future? Aspirations/career goals? Plan on returning to New Zealand?
  • Hint: Do not write you think people want to hear! You will be probed by committee! Have a supervisor review your statement
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Application Form
  • Letters of reference
    • 6 referees – 3 academic, 1 from school days, 2 from activities/sports
    • Choose carefully and brief referees (NZVCC referee form)
    • Should hold position of respect and trust in the community, but have a close relationship with you as well!

Hint: These will be scrutinised by Oxford admissions!

  • CV
    • Follow the guidelines, 2 page max
    • Focus on work experience, community involvement, volunteer work, sporting and outdoor achievements
other docs
Other Docs
  • Transcripts
    • If only at UC or Lincoln, Scholarships Office can provide these for free!
  • Birth Certificate
    • Scholarships Office staff can certify originals or see a JP for a certified true copy
  • Medical Certificate
    • See Health Centre on Campus
selection process
Selection Process

1) Initial University shortlisting – Early August

2) Pre-selection interviews at Universities – Held mid-August

3) Successful interview candidates forwarded onto NZVCC in Wellington (max 3) by Sept 15

  • all candidates from NZ Universities considered together
  • NZVCC shortlists for interviews at national level
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Selection Process

4) Mock interview for shortlisted national candidates (October-November)

  • Practice interview, with feedback, and example interview questions

5) National Selection Interviews (Auckland) – late November

  • Start researching degree programmes and potential projects (if research degree) now
  • May wish to make contact with potential supervisors at Oxford
  • Contact your referees
  • Bring your application form in early and ask the scholarships officers any questions you may have
for more information
For more information

Canterbury Students:


Email: scholarships@canterbury.ac.nz

Lincoln Students:


Email: scholarships@lincoln.ac.nz

www.nzvcc.ac.nz – application form/guidelines