Rhodes Scholarships for Sierra Leone Students, 2018-2019

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The Rhodes trust are glad to announce it’s Rhodes Scholarships for Sierra Leone Students 2018. Eligible persons are to hurry and apply for this program as soon as possible. The basic tenure of the scholarship is two years. The Program is for international students from Sierra Leone, to study at University of Oxford and eligibility criteria applies, also deadlines varies for various regions of the world.

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. The Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship programme in the world.

More Information about Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship programme is the oldest (established 1903), and perhaps the most prestigious, international scholarship programme in the world. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers more than 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the UK – one of the world’s
leading universities. Selection Committees for the Scholarships are looking for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future. The Selection Committees are looking for the following:
• academic excellence (e.g. First Class Honours or GPA of minimum 3.7 out of 4.0, or equivalent). Further details on the academic requirements can be found under ‘Eligibility Criteria’ below
• energy to use your talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
• 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 your fellow human beings.

Each year, the Rhodes scholarship is offered to 95 Rhodes Scholars selected from 20 Rhodes constituencies (64 countries) worldwide  to study for postgraduate degree at university of Oxford. They are outstanding young women and men of diverse backgrounds and interests who show strong potential to be public-spirited leaders for the world’s future.

Level/Field of study:

The scholarships are available for pursuing the postgraduate courses offered at University of Oxford.

Host Nationality:

The scholarship is hosted by the University of Oxford, UK.

Eligible Nationality:

Scholarship is open to international students from Sierra Leone.

Scholarship Benefits:

These opportunities has value that includes full tuition waiver, accommodation, travel fares and other expenses paid.

Scholarship Number:

The number of offer was not specified.

Eligibility:

The following eligibility criteria apply to all applicants for the Rhodes Scholarships:

Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen of Sierra Leone, or have been born in Sierra Leone.
Education/residency: You must have received at least five years of education in Sierra Leone between the ages of 9- 20 years.
Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 25th birthday on 1 October 2019, which means you must have been born after 30 September 1994 and on or before 1 October 2000.
NOTE: For medical students and medical doctors the age limit is extended by two years. This means applicants must have been born after 30 September 1992 and on or before 1 October, 2000. The intention is to:
i. Avoid successful medical school applicants having to postpone taking up the Scholarship;
ii. Enable applicants to complete their medical internships before going to Oxford and to take up the Scholarship before completing their post-internship medical residency.
Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2019) an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with Merit or Distinction. In this respect, please note carefully the requirements for your chosen course at Oxford, where entry requirements may exceed those of the Scholarship.

Application Procedure: 

  • You can apply online from 01 June 2018 via the scholarships link.
  • In preparation for making your application, you should read carefully the general information for candidates on the Rhodes website, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship, the information in this document and the graduate admissions pages of the University of Oxford.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a social reception (e.g. a lunch or dinner reception) and an interview. No candidate will be selected without interview. You must be available to attend the interview and social reception, in person, as no accommodations can be made on date and time of these events. Interviews will be held in Harare, in mid-December.
  • All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application.

What Documents are to be submitted with application

You must submit a completed application form on-line with the documents and information detailed below. All documents must be submitted in English, or with English translations included. Please note that, if you are invited to interview, you will be asked to bring the originals of all documents with you:

  • Your birth certificate (or an affidavit of birth) confirming that you meet the age criterion.
  • For those candidates not born in Sierra Leone, please also supply additional materials (passport or National Identification Card) as necessary to validate citizenship. Please do not submit a baptismal certificate.
  • An official transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date).
  • Evidence that you have received at least five years of education in Sierra Leone between the ages of 9-20 years, e.g. school records.
  • A full curriculum vitae which should include details about academic qualifications, prizes, scholarships, positions of leadership, employment positions, involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments. This should not exceed two A4 (12pt) pages in length. Please do
    not include a photograph in your CV.
  • A head-and-shoulders colour photograph (jpg format). Please note your photo will not be available to the selection committee until after final shortlisting decisions have been made.
  • A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words. The personal statement is your chance to tell your story in your own voice: Who are you? What matters to you? What are you hoping to do in the world? Your academic transcript, your curriculum vitae and your reference letters will provide the substantive detail of your commitments and accomplishments, but this essay gives you the opportunity to cast the overarching narrative for the selection committee. You can find further guidance on the personal statement on the ‘Completing Your Application’ page.
    Please ensure that your personal statement:
    i. Addresses your general interests and activities. What inspires you? What are your passions?
    ii. Discusses your aims and priorities and the contributions you have made and hope to make to the world and/or your local community;
    iii. Tells us which course / courses you are most attracted to at the University of Oxford and why. It is important that you have a firm idea of which course / courses are viable for you to study at the University of Oxford – not all University of Oxford courses are covered by the Rhodes Scholarship, you should refer to the Conditions of Tenure for further information. It is a good idea to discuss your proposed course of study
    with your current professors or lecturers in that field, and, if possible, with someone who has knowledge of United Kingdom universities. Additional sources of information are available online as well as on individual faculty/departmental websites. If you are selected for the Scholarship you will have the opportunity to revisit your course choice;
    iv. Demonstrates that you are able to meet the entry and application requirements of the specific course you have chosen. Please read the Oxford graduate studies course pages carefully.
    v. If you wish to undertake a DPhil, you should provide a brief outline of your proposed research area, how it contributes to your future career plans, and list one or more researchers with whom you would like to work in Oxford.
    Your personal statement should be entirely your own work, with no assistance received. Through the online application form you will be asked to verify and sign that the entered / uploaded personal statement is your own work and that no external help was given in its creation or editing.
  • You will need to provide a list of six people (your referees) who are willing to submit references on your behalf:

i. You will need to provide email addresses of all your referees.
ii. At least four of your referees should be academics who have taught you in your undergraduate (or, if relevant, postgraduate) studies and who can comment in detail on your academic ability and how well they think you would fare at Oxford. Note – for successful Rhodes Scholarship applicants, these references can, in many cases, later be used to form part of the application to study at the University of Oxford, so it is important that you and your referees bear this in mind. See referee guidance on the final page of this document.
iii. Additional referees – not being persons who have taught you – should testify to your character and/or your involvement in extra-curricular/service or leadership activities. These referees should be persons who are able to comment critically on whether you fulfil the extra-curricular, non-academic requirements of the Scholarship and who can speak in detail to your character.
iv. A good referee is one who knows you well, rather than a well-known person who only knows you superficially. Your referees will not typically be personal friends, relations or contemporaries. If you do request a reference from a referee who falls into this category, then they should make the connection clear within the reference.
v. Choose reliable people who are likely to respond to your request for a detailed reference, as their letters will be crucial to your application. Insufficient references will disqualify your application from being considered by the Selection Committee.
vi. Ask their permission before listing them as referees.
vii. Forward to them the Guidance for Referees available on the final pages of this document. They will receive an auto-generated email request for reference once you have completed the referee section of the online form. They will also be asked to provide their business and home (or mobile) telephone, as well as their postal address for verification purposes.
viii. It is your responsibility to ensure that referees submit their reference in good time and by 23:59 Central Africa Time, 31 August 2018. Applicants can track the progress of their references within the application form.

  • Please do not upload documents, certificates, testimonials or links / URL’s other than those required.
  • All applications must be submitted online. No alternate method of application is accepted. There is no application fee for submission of the Rhodes Scholarship application form.

Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted online by 23:59 Central Africa Time, Friday, 31 August 2018.

Please consult the detailed information provided by the constituency to which you are applying on our How to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship page and the prospectus pages of the University of Oxford.

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