Rhodes Scholarships for Zambian Students 2018.



The Rhodes trust are glad to announce it’s Rhodes Scholarships for Zambian Students 2018.  Eligible persons are by this notice charged to hurry and apply for this program as soon as possible. The basic tenure of the scholarship is two years.

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.

Selection of Rhodes Scholars is made without regard to gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, social background, caste, or disability.


The Rhodes Scholarship, named after the Anglo-South African mining magnate and politician Cecil John Rhodes,Established in 1902, which aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world’s future. It is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford.

The Rhodes Scholarship is administered by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom. Scholarships are awarded in 20 Rhodes constituencies(64 different countries) round the World.

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 being

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Rhodes Scholarships for Zambian Students

Until now, the Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded in 20 constituencies (representing over 60 different countries). This year, over 100 Rhodes Scholarships will be on offer and two new Global Scholarships allow eligible candidates from the rest of the world to be nominated by their University.

General information on the preparation of Global Rhodes Scholarship applications as well as frequently asked questions, can be found here keep reading.


The scholarship is available for  full-time postgraduate degree (including the BA with senior status over two years) for Zambian students to study  any course of choice


All scholarships are taken in Oxford University in UK.

Eligible Nationality:

This Rhodes Scholarship is open to Students from Zambia .

Scholarship Benefits:

A Rhodes Scholarship covers all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the Scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to the student’s home country at the conclusion of the Scholarship.

Rhodes Scholarships for Zambian Student Eligibility Criteria

a. Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen of Zambia.

b. Education/residency: You must have been resident in Zambia for at least five of the last ten years.

c. Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 27th birthday on 1 October 2019, which means
you must have been born after 30 September 1992 and on or before 1 October 2000.

d. 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 or equivalent elsewhere (GPA minimum 3.7 out of 4.0) . In this respect, please note carefully the requirements for your chosen course at Oxford (https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide?wssl=1),
where entry requirements may exceed those of the Scholarship.

e. Given the very intense international competition for places at the University of Oxford, candidates (with the exception of those studying medicine) will have a greater chance of successful admission to Oxford if they have an Honours degree (or have taken an Honours year) from a University outside Zambia or if they have studied to Masters level within Zambia.

Please contact your National Secretary if you require further advice. Candidates may
wish to consider applying to the Rhodes Trust’s sister Foundation, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation (https://mandelarhodes.org/), to pursue an Honour’s year or a Master’s degree prior to making an application for the Rhodes Scholarship.

Multi-jurisdictional Candidates: If you meet the eligibility criteria for more than one Rhodes Constituency, you must only apply to one. You should apply to the Rhodes Constituency with which you have the greatest connection.

Inter-jurisdictional Candidates: If, as a result of moving between Rhodes Constituencies, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for any single Rhodes Constituency, you may be eligible to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration.

Please visit the ‘Which Scholarship?’ page for further details.

Global Scholarship Candidates: If you are not eligible to apply to any existing Rhodes Constituency (see list here) and you are not eligible to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration, then you can apply for a Global Scholarship, subject to meeting all other Global Scholarship eligibility criteria and subject to institutional nomination.

Please visit the ‘WhichScholarship?’ page for further details

How To Apply for Rhodes Scholarships for Zambian Students.

a. You can apply online from 01 June 2018 at http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk via the scholarships tab.

b. You must submit your application online, with all supporting documents, by 23:59 Central Africa Time, Thursday,15 November 2018.

c. 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: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate.

d. 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 Lusaka, in November.

e. All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application.

Documents and details 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:

a. Your birth certificate (or an affidavit of birth) confirming that you meet the age criterion.
b. A copy of National Registration Card (NRC) or valid passport confirming that you meet the citizenship criteria.
c. An official transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date).
d. 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.
e. 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.
f. 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 YourApplication’ 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 at www.ox.ac.uk/admissions, 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.


References must be written in English and must be received by 23:59 Central African Time, on 21 November 2018.

Thank you for your willingness to serve as a referee for one of the applicants for the Rhodes Scholarship. References form a crucial part of the selection process, and therefore your reference could make the difference to an applicant’s success.

The following notes are intended to serve as a guide as you write your reference.

Background Information

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 fully-funded Scholarships for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford, one of the world’s leading universities.

More than 100  Scholarships are offered each year to outstanding young people from around the world. Selection Committees 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 (First Class Honours or GPA of minimum 3.7 out of 4.0, or equivalent)
• energy to use their 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
• moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in their fellow human beings.
The Rhodes Selection Committees are looking for outstanding young people who are motivated to engage with the global challenges facing humankind, who are committed to the service of others, and to the promotion of international understanding and peace.

In short, the Committee seeks young people of outstanding intellect, character, leadership,
and commitment to service, who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as ‘leaders for the world’s future’, wherever their careers might take them, and in any field.

The Rhodes Selection Committee will be grateful, therefore, if you would supply a frank and confidential statement regarding the applicant’s qualifications. Your prompt response to the auto-generated email request will be of great assistance to the applicant and to the Selection Committee.

The Selection Committee will have available for consideration a copy of the applicant’s university academic transcript,curriculum vitae, and personal statement of academic interests, other pursuits, extracurricular activities and reasons for wishing to study at Oxford.

Observations which would enhance the Committee’s understanding of these records will be especially welcomed. Your comments should not exceed two A4 pages (minimum 10 point type).

A brief introduction of yourself would be helpful, including any connections that you have with the Rhodes Trust, Rhodes Scholars and also the University of Oxford (such connections are certainly not essential).

Proven intellectual and academic quality of a very high standard is the first quality required of applicants. However, and just as important, applicants will also be required to demonstrate integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow human beings, the ability to lead, the energy to use their talents to the full and the desire to make an effective contribution to the world around them as described above.

A Rhodes Scholar will undertake postgraduate study at Oxford, a taught or research degree, or a second undergraduate degree with senior status (over two years). Subject to fulfilling the entry criteria for their chosen course, Rhodes Scholars may pursue any full-time postgraduate course offered by the University of Oxford, whether or not in their field of expertise.

In all cases, entry to Oxford is very competitive indeed.Whether you have been asked to provide an academic reference, or a character/extra-curricular reference, it is not
expected that you will be able to speak from first-hand knowledge of all the applicant’s qualifications.

Academic referees: If you are primarily acquainted with the candidate through a teacher/student relationship, it is  expected that your appraisal will concentrate first and primarily on academic quality and potential, although your assessment of other qualities will be welcomed by the Committee.

Academic referees should note that, in the case of a successful applicant, your letter will be used by Oxford departments and colleges for determining the Rhodes Scholarelect’s
academic case for admission to postgraduate study. Consequently, a detailed assessment of the candidate’s academic qualifications and suitability to undertake Master’s / doctoral level study at Oxford will be very important.

Since the University of Oxford requires the following information from referees writing in support of graduate applicants, you are asked to comment on:

a. the applicant’s relative academic standing in comparison with other students on the same course at the same institution – eg 5%, 10%, 25%?

b. How many students in the applicant’s year group on their programme of study, i.e. with how many students are you comparing the applicant?

c. on what basis are you making the assessment – personal assessment/official class rank?
Character referees: If, on the other hand, you are better acquainted with the applicant through non-academic interests, it is expected that you will concentrate on assessment of character and non-academic qualities, in the knowledge that the Committee is looking for scholars who show promise of outstanding achievement in later life.

Please do not hesitate to speak of the applicant’s limitations as well as strong points. Committees tend naturally to be dubious of appraisals that imply a given individual has no limitations. Your reply will, of course, be treated as strictly confidential by the Selection Committee.

All letters of recommendation for applicants should be addressed to the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee. The Selection Committee (and subsequently the University of Oxford) asks that your letter of recommendation be on headed paper, signed, and uploaded in pdf format.

You will receive an auto-generated email requesting the reference, which will
contain instructions for completing and submitting your letter. As well as uploading your reference letter, you will be asked to complete some basic information about yourself and your relationship to the applicant. All letters of reference should be received via the Embark online system.



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