Yayasan Khazanah are supporting the Rhodes Scholarship for Malaysia. 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, which aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world's future.
The Rhodes Scholarship programme is the oldest (established 1903) international scholarship programme in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom - one of the world’s leading universities. Rhodes Scholarships are 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 broad selection criteria are:
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.
The information below assumes that you have read and familiarised yourself with the basic selection criteria for the Rhodes Scholarships on the Rhodes Trust website. You should also pay close attention to the detailed Conditions of Tenure for the Scholarship.
Applications must be submitted online by 23:59 MYT, Saturday, 31 August 2019.
- Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen of Malaysia.
- Education/residency: You must have been resident in Malaysia and have attended schooling in Malaysia for at least five of the last ten years.
- Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 25th birthday on 01 October 2020, which means you must have been born after 30 September 1995 and on or before 1 October 2001. NOTE: For students who completed their undergraduate degree at the age of 24 (e.g., due to a longer course of study such as medicine), the age limit will be extended by an additional year. This means applicants must not have passed their 26th birthday on 01 October 2020.
- Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2020) an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with a First Class or Upper Second class standard (i.e. GPA 3.7 or higher). In this respect, please note carefully the requirements for your chosen course at Oxford, where entry requirements may exceed those of the Scholarship.
- English Language: You must have a sufficiently high standard of English to meet the English language proficiency requirements (at the Higher Level listed) of the University of Oxford: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide
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 you have strong and demonstrable connections to two or more Rhodes Constituencies but 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 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 'Which Scholarship?' page for further details.
- You can apply online from 01 June 2019 at https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply
- You must submit your application online, with all supporting documents, by 23:59 MYT, 31 August 2019.
- In preparation for making your application, you should read carefully the general information, particularly that held on the Scholarships tab, 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.
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a social engagement and a final interview. You must be available to attend both, in person, as no accommodations can be made on date and time, or mode, of these events. Interviews will be held in Malaysia on a Saturday at the end of October / early November. No candidate will be selected without an interview.
- 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 copies of 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 may be asked to bring the originals of all documents with you:
- Your birth certificate confirming that you meet the age criterion;
- A copy of a valid passport (with translation, if necessary), confirming that you meet the citizenship criteria;
- 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 been resident, and have attended schooling, in Malaysia for five of the last ten years, e.g. school records.
- Evidence of English Language Proficiency (see the Eligibility Criteria above). You should upload a copy of a standardised English test that is recognised by the University of Oxford (e.g. TOEFL / IELTS) along with the test's marking scheme. Alternatively, you can upload a letter requesting a waiver to this requirement if you meet the University of Oxford's criteria for a waiver: www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/englishproficiency.
- 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 ‘Application Overview’ page.
For more information on the scholarship, please visit https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/media/42158/malaysiainformationforcandidates.pdf