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Rhodes Scholarship 2009 Scholarships Office University of Canterbury and Lincoln University Tuesday 3 June Rhodes Scholarship 2009 Scholarships Office University of Canterbury and Lincoln University Tuesday 3 June 2008

Rhodes Scholarship § Rhodes Scholarship enables outstanding individuals to further their studies at the Rhodes Scholarship § Rhodes Scholarship enables outstanding individuals to further their studies at the University of Oxford and pursue full-time graduate degrees § Three Scholarships are allocated to New Zealand students each year § 43 graduates of the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University have been Rhodes Scholars § Applications close August 1, 2008

History of the Rhodes Scholarship § Oldest and most prestigious scholarship § Est. and History of the Rhodes Scholarship § Oldest and most prestigious scholarship § Est. and endowed by the will of Mr Cecil John Rhodes § Mr Rhodes was an Oxford Scholar – felt Oxford fostered broad views and personal development § Trust created to provide education for potential future world leaders and people of influence § Hint: Do your research on Mr Rhodes for interviews!

Regulations § Tenable at the University of Oxford only § Undertake a full time Regulations § Tenable at the University of Oxford only § Undertake a full time graduate degree (excludes MBA) § Two year BPhil or MPhil or BCL § includes second undergrad Oxford BA (2 years Final Honour School) § One year taught Masters (course work only) § Direct entry to a DPhil

Regulations § Tenable for 2 years (normally), but no requirement to study for more Regulations § Tenable for 2 years (normally), but no requirement to study for more than one year § If accepted to a doctoral programme, may be tenable for 3 years (renewal) § NOTE: Scholarship does not guarantee admission to University! Rhodes Scholars winners will be given special application forms due Jan 1 at Oxford § NO DEFERRALS PERMITTED

Value § College and University fees paid by Rhodes Trust § Personal allowance of Value § College and University fees paid by Rhodes Trust § Personal allowance of at least ₤ 11, 000 per year § Air travel costs to and from the United Kingdom

Eligibility § Citizens of New Zealand OR British subjects domiciled in New Zealand for Eligibility § Citizens of New Zealand OR British subjects domiciled in New Zealand for at least five years § Aged between 19 - 25 by 1 October in the year the Scholarship tenure commences (ie. not born before 1 October 1984) § Graduate/expect to graduate with a degree from a NZ University § Expecting to complete Bachelor’s degree (as a minimum qualification) by end of 2008 – suggested Bachelors (Hons) (or LLB with Honours) at very highest level for competitive admission to Oxford

Criteria § Qualities valued by Mr Rhodes in order for scholars to come to Criteria § Qualities valued by Mr Rhodes in order for scholars to come to “esteem the performance of public duties as his (or her) highest aim”, including: § Proven intellectual and academic ability of a high standard § Integrity of character § Interest in and respect for others § Leadership ability § Demonstrated energy to use their talents to the full § Hint: Not considered on only academic achievements, must be an all-rounder!

Application and Selection Process § Apply, using the prescribed application form, to the university Application and Selection Process § Apply, using the prescribed application form, to the university from which you graduated or at which you are enrolled by 1 August 2008 at 5 pm! § Applications forms available off www. nzvcc. ac. nz, along with detailed guidelines

Application Form § Statement § IMPORTANT DOCUMENT! Max 1500 words § Course of study Application Form § Statement § IMPORTANT DOCUMENT! Max 1500 words § Course of study and work you intend to pursue § General interest and activities (what drives you/motivation) § Why have you chosen this path? Major influences in life? Plans for the future? Aspirations/career goals? Plan on returning to New Zealand? § Hint: Do not write you think people want to hear! You will be probed by committee! Have a supervisor review your statement

Application Form § Letters of reference § 6 referees – 3 academic, 1 from Application Form § Letters of reference § 6 referees – 3 academic, 1 from school days, 2 from activities/sports § Choose carefully and brief referees (NZVCC referee form) § Should hold position of respect and trust in the community, but have a close relationship with you as well! Hint: These will be scrutinised by Oxford admissions! § CV § Follow the guidelines, 2 page max § Focus on work experience, community involvement, volunteer work, sporting and outdoor achievements

Other Docs § Transcripts § If only at UC or Lincoln, Scholarships Office can Other Docs § Transcripts § If only at UC or Lincoln, Scholarships Office can provide these for free! § Birth Certificate § Scholarships Office staff can certify originals or see a JP for a certified true copy § Medical Certificate § See Health Centre on Campus

Selection Process 1) Initial University shortlisting – Early August 2) Pre-selection interviews at Universities Selection Process 1) Initial University shortlisting – Early August 2) Pre-selection interviews at Universities – Held mid. August 3) Successful interview candidates forwarded onto NZVCC in Wellington (max 3) by Sept 15 § all candidates from NZ Universities considered together § NZVCC shortlists for interviews at national level

Selection Process 4) Mock interview for shortlisted national candidates (October-November) § Practice interview, with Selection Process 4) Mock interview for shortlisted national candidates (October-November) § Practice interview, with feedback, and example interview questions 5) National Selection Interviews (Auckland) – late November

Preparation § Start researching degree programmes and potential projects (if research degree) now § Preparation § Start researching degree programmes and potential projects (if research degree) now § May wish to make contact with potential supervisors at Oxford § Contact your referees § Bring your application form in early and ask the scholarships officers any questions you may have

For more information Canterbury Students: www. canterbury. ac. nz/scholarships Email: scholarships@canterbury. ac. nz Lincoln For more information Canterbury Students: www. canterbury. ac. nz/scholarships Email: scholarships@canterbury. ac. nz Lincoln Students: www. lincoln. ac. nz Email: scholarships@lincoln. ac. nz www. nzvcc. ac. nz – application form/guidelines www. rhodestrust. org