The University of Oxford in the UK is taking applications from West Africans for the 2022 Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa.
The Rhodes Scholarship program is the oldest (first granted in 1902) and perhaps most high-status international scholarship award program, enabling exceptional young individuals from around the world to school at the University of Oxford.
One of the instituting aims of the scholarship program was to identify young leaders from all over the world who, through the pursuit of learning together at Oxford, would forge bonds of mutual knowledge and fellowship for the advancement of mankind. Although the language is old-fashioned, this is still one of the founding objectives of the Scholarship: to select exceptional young people, with the potential to lead, who will make an influence for good in the world in later life.
There is one Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa every year. The Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa was established in 2017 and the first Scholar came in October 2018. There had formerly been Scholarship programs for certain nations within this grouping, including Nigeria and Ghana.
Worth of Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa
- The Rhodes Scholarship program is for two years in the first instance. The Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa provides Oxford University (and College) fees and also providing a yearly stipend.
- Along with the above, the Rhodes Trust will provide two economy class flights – to and from the United Kingdom – for the start and end of studies in Oxford. Scholars get a settling in allowance on arrival (£225 in 2017-18). The International Health Surcharge, which allows international students to gain access the UK’s National Health Service, is provided for the duration of a Scholar’s study. Following selection for the Scholarship program, the Rhodes Trust will also provide the application fee needed to apply to school at the University of Oxford.
- A number of research grants are also obtainable to Rhodes Scholars, on application, which allow Scholars to, for instance, attend international workshops or conduct additional fieldwork.
Eligibility for Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa
Rhodes Selection Panels are looking for young individuals of exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and devotion to service.
The four conditions that governed the selection of Rhodes Scholars in 1902 are still the guiding principles for the selection of Rhodes Scholars:
- literary and educational attainments (academic excellence)
- energy to make use of one’s talents to the full (as proven by mastery in areas like sports, debate, music, theatre, dance, and artistic pursuits, especially where teamwork is involved)
- truth, courage, commitment to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, compassion, unselfishness and fellowship
- moral force of character and predispositions to lead, and to take an interest in fellow beings.
- Nationality/citizenship: You have to be a national of one of the following nations:
Burkina Faso, Benin, Gambia, Cape Verde, Guinea, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, the island of Saint Helena, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo.
- Education/residency: You should have been resident in one or more of the nations listed above for a minimum of five of the last ten years.
- Age: You should have attained your 19th and not have passed your 26th birthday on 1 October 2021. This implies that candidates should have been given birth to after 30 September 1995 and on or prior to 1 October 2002. For medical, dental and pharmaceutical scholars the age restriction is extended by up to one year to allow them to complete their internship- such applicants should have been born after 30 September 1994 and on or prior to 1 October 2002.
- Academic accomplishment: You should have finished an undergraduate degree from a college or university (typically a Bachelor’s degree) with the topmost classification of your University awards, e.g. First Class Honours, or a Distinction in the case of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy programs.
- English language: You should have an adequately high standard of English to satisfy the English language proficiency criteria (at the Higher Level listed) of the University of Oxford.
How to Apply for Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa
- You can apply online
- In arrangement for making your application, you must read carefully the general information, especially those featured on the Scholarships tab, on the Rhodes website, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship program, the information in other related documents and the graduate admissions web page of the University of Oxford
- Shortlisted applicants will be asked to a social engagement (taking place on the eve of the interview) and a final interview. You have to be available to attend both, in person, as no accommodations is possible on date and time, or mode, of these events. Interviews will take place in Lagos on a Saturday between mid-November and early December. No applicant will be chosen without an interview. Travel costs within West Africa and overnight boarding in Lagos will be provided.
- All candidates will be sent emails with the outcome of their application
Applications for Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa must be gotten by midnight, GMT, September 15, 2021.
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