TNN | Posted November 25, 2023 01:36 PM
Five Rhodes Scholars-Elect for India 2024 marked the culmination of a rigorous national selection process recently. Following a competitive application process that witnessed over 900 applications this year and two rounds of preliminary interviews, 13 shortlisted finalists were interviewed and five were chosen to receive the scholarship. This year’s final selection panel was chaired by Nirupama Rao, former Foreign Secretary, Government of India.
The scholars will be heading to Oxford University in October 2024 to join a cohort of over 100 scholars from around the world to undertake a fully sponsored postgraduate studies.
The cohort includes two Kashmiris, a lawyer working on internet freedom and a history student who wishes to build a digital archive of Kashmir’s history. They will be joined by an English major from Thiruvananthapuram who will study Theology, a Delhi law student who wants to work on criminology and sentencing, and an aspiring physician-scientist from Stanford.
While Joann Cherian who has a BA in English from Christ University and an MA in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University will read for an MSt in Theology at Oxford, Ayan Gupta, a final year student at National Law University (NLU) Delhi will pursue MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice for a career in teaching. Asma Shakeel, hailing from Kashmir and a fourth-year student majoring in International History at Georgetown University in Qatar looks forward to reading for an MSt in Global and Imperial History.
Mohammad Zayaan, a final year BA LLB (Hons) student at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar who is also from Jammu and Kashmir, wishes to pursue an MPhil in Socio-Legal Research at the University of Oxford, followed by a DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies. In the sphere of healthcare, Siddhant Dhawan, currently pursuing a research-focused MS in Biology at Stanford University, who graduated with a BS in Bioengineering from the same place, plans to pursue doctoral work in clinical neurosciences at Oxford to study rare neurological disorders using stem cells and Genetic Engineering.
Elizabeth Kiss, CEO of the Rhodes Trust, said, “We are excited to see the tremendous talents of this year’s Rhodes Scholars Elect, who come from countries all around the world. We know from 120 years of bringing exceptional people to Oxford to study and build a dynamic global community, that when unlike minded but like hearted people come together, we can forge brighter futures for individuals and the world.”
Dhvani Mehta, national secretary, Rhodes Scholarships for India, said, “We are confident that the five Scholars-Elect will make the best of the resources that the Rhodes community and the University of Oxford has to offer them.”
The applications for the 2025 Rhodes Scholarships will open in June 2024. More information about the scholarship application can be found at:https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/the-rhodesscholarship/
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About the scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship is the world’s oldest graduate fellowship, based at the University of Oxford since 1903. The Scholarships for India began in 1947 and have been awarded to five outstanding applicants each year. Students from anywhere in the world can apply for a Rhodes Scholarship and many find that taking part in our rigorous selection is a profoundly positive experience which leaves them well placed to go on to a Rhodes Scholarship or other opportunities worldwide. The Rhodes selection process aims to choose young people with proven academic excellence who also show exceptional character, leadership, the energy to use their talents to the full and a commitment to solving humanity’s challenges. The selection process includes a meticulous review process before the finalists’ interview with a selection committee composed of experts and leaders in diverse fields.
Scholars from India have gone on to pursue careers ranging from public administration, foreign services, literature and law to scientific and medical research.