Basis of Selection

In making nominations, the Selection Committee will have regard to those qualities which Cecil Rhodes listed in that section of his will in which he attempted to define the type of Scholar he was seeking; literary and scholastic attainments; fondness of and success in outdoor sports, qualities of truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship, exhibition of moral force of character and instincts to lead and to take an interest in one?s contemporaries.

Qualities of intellect, character and leadership are what the committee will be looking for in a candidate. A Rhodes Scholar should not be one-sided or selfish. Intellectual ability must be founded upon sound character and integrity of character upon sound intellect. Cecil Rhodes regarded leadership consisting of moral courage and interest in one?s fellow beings as in the more aggressive qualities. It was his hope that a Rhodes Scholar would come to esteem the performance of public duties as the highest aim. Continuing physical vigor to enable a Scholar to make an effective contribution to society is as important as prowess in a particular sport.

Financial need gives no special claim to a Rhodes Scholarship. The will lays down that no student shall be qualified or disqualified for election to a Scholarship on account of race or religious opinion.

In the absence of sufficiently qualified candidates the Selection Committee will make no nomination.


Method of Selection
Candidates should make and submit an application before 31st July, 2010. The preferred means of application is on-line via the link to be published on the Rhodes Trust websites from the end of May 2010 / section / rhodes-countries or who have difficulty submitting on-line should submit by registered post to the Secretary of the Selection Committee, using the application form from attached to this Memorandum. The material specified must be furnished before 31st July, 2010.

In the normal course, applicants are short listed for a preliminary, personal interview, held at four regional centres including Mumbai (Pune), Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi. Candidates selected from these regional interviews are then called for the final interview in December. No candidate can be selected without appearing for the final interview.

The granting of an interview is entirely within the discretion of the Selection Committee. Traveling expenses (2nd class return rail fare) of candidates invited for the final interview will be paid by the Rhodes Trust. Candidates for interview must bring with them their original certificates.


Material to be submitted by the candidates
Candidates applying online may upload electronic copies of the following documents. However, all candidates for interveiw must bring with them their original certificates, as indicates below.

    1. Either a School leaving certificate or an extract from an University Register signed by the Registrar, as evidence of age (attested copy only, which will not be returned).

    2. Evidence of Courses taken and degrees, honour and other academic distinctions obtained. This evidence must be formally certified by Registrar or any other responsible officer of the candidate?s University (attested copies of certificates only, which will not be returned).

    3. (a) A signed essay (preferably typed) by the candidate detailing the proposed course of study at Oxford, general interests and activities, including sports and the future aims of the candidate.

      (b) The essay should not exceed 1000 words and should be in simple and direct English.

      (c) Please take time and write this essay carefully because it essentially forms the basis for the candidate's interview. The essay will be read not only by the Selection Committee but also by the Oxford Colleges to which the successful candidates apply for admission.

    4. The names and addresses of six persons well acquainted with the candidate, under at least three of whom he/she must have studied. Please ensure that at least three of the six referees write about the candidates academic ability and attainments. These references will be used in making application to Oxford Colleges. It is neither necessary nor desirable to include names of prominent persons in the country, if they do not know the candidate well. Such references often go waste. Instead include names of those who know the candidates well and know their strengths and weaknesses.

    5. One unmounted passport size photographs.

    6. A medical certificate on the special form provided by the Rhodes Trust, from an approved doctor will be required from the candidates short listed. The Rhodes Trustees reserve the right to cancel the selection of any candidate with an adverse report.


    Procedure after Selection

    On receiving of election a Scholar will be asked to state in order, the colleges to which the successful candidate would most wish to obtain admission. A special form for this purpose will be supplied to the Scholar-elect by the Secretary of the Selection Committee. This form should reach Rhodes House by 3rd December, 2010. Any change of address of Scholar-elect should be communicated to the latter and to Rhodes House.

    Copies of the Oxford University Prospectus, Graduate Studies Prospectus, and Examination Decrees and Regulations will be issued to each Rhodes Scholar-elect after the election. Detailed information regarding these is also available on University of Oxford's website The Scholar will come into residence at Oxford in October, 2011. Postponement will not be sanctioned save in exceptional circumstances, and with the express permission of the Rhodes Trustees. The first installment of the Scholarship will be paid at the beginning of the Scholar's first term at Oxford. No request for earlier payment will be considered.


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