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Eligibility The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award supporting exceptional students at the University of Oxford in England. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. Eleven Canadians are selected each year to join a class of 84 Scholars from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Swaziland, India, Bermuda, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Jamaica, Germany, Pakistan, and Hong Kong. Intellectual excellence is required of Rhodes Scholars, but it is not enough to earn this outstanding educational opportunity - Rhodes emphasized in his will that he was not interested in "mere bookworms." His vision in founding the scholarship was to invest in and develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to "fight the world's fight" - his rallying call for esteeming public service as one's highest aim. His will outlines four criteria to be used in the selection of scholars:
  • literary and scholastic attainments
  • energy to use one's talents to the full
  • 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 one's fellow beings

  • Rhodes Scholars come from many academic backgrounds and pursue a wide variety of courses while at Oxford. The scholarship is more accurately viewed as an investment in a person of remarkable promise than support for a particular course of study.With these scenarios in mind, applicants should study The University of Oxford's http://www.ox.ac.uk/ course offerings carefully in determining the degree and subject for which they would apply. Applicants for the 2011 Rhodes Scholarship must be born between October 2, 1986 and October 1, 1992. There are no exceptions, deferrals or adjustments to this age range for applicants for the Scholarship under any circumstances. Every university organizes its own screening process, enabling them to identify and support students who best satisfy the criteria for the Rhodes Scholarship. Please visit the FAQ's page available at http://www.canadianrhodes.org/faq for details. The candidate must be a Canadian citizen or a person domiciled in Canada; except for medical students, have received an undergraduate degree before taking up the Scholarship.
    Value tuition, college fees, and a stipend covering living expenses for two and possibly three years study.
    Currency Canadian
    Tenable at University of Oxford, England.
    Deadlines No deadlines available
    Application Details To obtain the requisite Presidential letter and authorization code, students should submit the following two documents to Mya Kraft, Research Awards Administrator email: mya_kraft@umanitoba.ca for our internal deadline.
    1. The required 900 word personal statement;
    2. and Curriculum vitae (please include your date of birth).
    Please visit the official Rhodes Scholarship website which outlines the requirements and criteria of the above mentioned documents http://www.canadianrhodes.org/how-to-apply as well as a complete guide to applying online for this exciting opportunity. Please contact Mya Kraft via email or phone (474-8697) if you have any questions.
    Updated: February 6, 2012

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