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  1. Rhodes Scholarships2019 Information Session

  2. Contents Background information What degrees and fields of study are permitted? Eligibility criteria Selection criteria Application process Application documents What costs are covered?

  3. What are the Rhodes Scholarships? • Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902 • Oldest and perhaps most prestigious international post-graduate scholarship in the world • Provides support to study at the University of Oxford

  4. What are the Rhodes Scholarships? • 100 Scholars are selected annually from around the world with 10 scholarships available for Southern Africa • 4 for South Africa-at-large applicants • 1 for Kwazulu-Natal applicants • 1 for Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini(BLMNS) applicants • 1 each for four specific schools and their identified partner schools

  5. Schools’ Scholarships • Alumni from the following schools can apply directly to their schools, or for the SA-at-Large or KZN Scholarships: • Diocesan College, and LEAP 1, St Cyprians, Herschel, St George’s • South African College School, and Sans Souci, Rustenberg Girls’ School • Paul Roos Gymnasium, and Rhenish and Bloemhof Girls’ School • St Andrew’s College, and Diocesan School for Girls (DSG)

  6. Bill Clinton: President of USA 1993-2001 Bob Hawke: Prime Minister of Australia 1983-1991 Dominic Barton: Managing Director of McKinsey & Company Edwin Hubble: American astronomer J. William Fulbright: U.S. Senator and originator of the Fulbright Scholarship program John Turner: Prime Minister of Canada, 1984 Randal Pinkett: winner of the Apprentice (4th season) Rachel Oppong: Executive Director, GracaMachel Trust Naomi Wolf: Author of the bestselling book ‘The Beauty Myth’ (1991), feminist and political consultant. Some Notable Rhodes Scholars

  7. Shaun Johnson: CEO of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Jacko Maree: former-CEO of Standard Bank Justice Edwin Cameron: Judge of the Constitutional Court Dr LoyisoNongxa: former Vice-Chancellor of Wits Dr Max Price: former Vice-Chancellor of UCT Jan Hofmeyr: acting Prime Minister at various times during WWII Bram Fischer: senior advocate, and anti-apartheid activist Kumi Naidoo: Secretary-General of Amnesty International and first African Head of Greenpeace International (2009-2015) Justice Belinda van Heerden: former Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal Some Notable South African Rhodes Scholars

  8. Degrees and fields of study permitted • Standard scholarship tenure: 2-years - but can be extended for DPhil (PhD) • Any postgraduate degree can be pursued: • 2-year Master’s • Two 1-year Master’s • DPhil (PhD) • MBA or MFE (Masters in Financial Economics) but only during 2nd year of scholarship

  9. Eligibility Criteria • Residency requirement: lived permanently in and has resided for at least 5 of the prior 10 years immediately preceding application in SA, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia or eSwatini • Age requirement: at least 19 years and younger than 25 years on 1 October 2020 (with permission from Rhodes House, the age limit for medical students may be extended) • Degree requirement: a first degree (i.e. Honours equivalent) by 1 October 2020 with a first or very strong upper second

  10. Selection Criteria “… students who shall be elected to the Scholarships shall not be merely bookworms …. in the election to a Scholarship regard shall be had to (i) literary and scholastic attainments (ii) fondness of and success in … outdoor sports (iii) qualities of … truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship and (iv) exhibition … of moral force of character and of instincts to lead.” That is, young people of outstanding intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service

  11. Application Process Step 1: Complete application (online) • Application opens: 01 June 2019 • Application deadline: 15 August 2019 • Apply directly to Rhodes Trust (select appropriate region or school) • Latest updates on the application process:

  12. Application Process Step 2: Short-listing and interviews • BLMNS, KZN & school-specific applicants • One round of short-listing and interviews • October/November 2019 • SA-at-large applicants • Two rounds of short-listing and interviews • Regional rounds: October/November 2019 • National round: November 2019

  13. Application Process Step 3: Successful Rhodes scholars announced for 2020 academic year Scholars-elect 2020, apply to Oxford (January 2020) Step 4: 2018 Rhodes Scholars arrive at Oxford (September-October 2020)

  14. Application Documents • Application form • Personal particulars • Educational history • List of 6 referees • At least 4 academic references • Proof of age eligibility (certified copy of either birth certificate, ID or passport) • Certified academic transcripts and degree certificates

  15. Application Documents • Curriculum vitae detailing involvements and achievements • Two essays • Personal statement: • discuss aims, priorities and contribution you aspire to make to society • Academic statement: • intended degree of study at Oxford and why ( • DPhil (PhD) applicants: brief outline of proposed research

  16. Costs Covered • University application fee • All University and College fees (full funding) • Personal stipend (approx£13,000 per annum – • approx R230.000 p.a.) • I return Air ticket to Oxford and back to SA

  17. University of Oxford • Oldest university in the English speaking world • Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities • Ranked as the top university in the UK

  18. University of Oxford • Oxford students belong to both a department and one of 38 colleges (each unique) • Department: centre of academic life • College: one centre of social life (provides accommodation, meals, common rooms, libraries, sport and social facilities etc) • Rhodes House: another centre of social life for Rhodes Scholars

  19. Contact Information Website: Online applications open 01 June 2019 For all queries, contact Beverley Johnson Email: or

  20. Differences between Rhodes and Mandela Rhodes Distinct scholarships; administered by different bodies and independently of each other

  21. Questions and Answers