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Rhodes Scholarship applications open

Jamaica Observer 2019-09-11 11:26:18

Applications are now open for the Rhodes Scholarships for Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean and will close on September 30, 2019.

Applications are to be submitted online at

The scholarships are funded by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford and are for post-graduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, one of the world's leading universities.

Arguably the most prestigious post-graduate scholarships in the world, the Rhodes Scholarships were established under the will of Cecil John Rhodes, a British diamond magnate and imperialist, who died in 1903. In his will, he left the greater part of his substantial fortune to establish this scholarship scheme.

Candidates for Rhodes Scholarships, unlike candidates for other scholarships, are selected based on qualities of character as well as of intellect. Rhodes' aim was to provide future leaders of the English-speaking world with an education which would broaden their views and develop their abilities.

He chose to endow these scholarships at Oxford University rather than elsewhere in the United Kingdom because he believed that its residential colleges provided an environment especially conducive to personal development.


Prominent regional Rhodes Scholars include:

Norman Manley

Professor Rex Nettleford

Roderick Rainford

Professor Trevor Munroe

Dr Franklyn Prendergast

Professor Ralph Carnegie

Ricky Skerritt

Professor Mervyn Morris

Delroy Chuck

Carla Noel

Sir Marston Gibson

Ronnie Thwaites

Justice Dennis Morrison

Further details about the scholarship may be received online at or from the secretary, Peter Goldson, at