Nigeria will, once again, be among beneficiaries of the Rhodes scholarship, the world’s most preeminent post-graduate scholarship scheme. Two exceptionally bright students will receive full funding, valued at between £40,000 to £50,000 per annum, to study at the prestigious Oxford University, United Kingdom.
Chief Executive Officer of The Rhodes Trust and Warden of Rhodes House in Oxford, Mr. Charles Conn, announced the re-introduction of the scheme during the 3rd Business Forum of the Oxbridge (Oxford & Cambridge) Club of Nigeria, facilitated by Afrinvest, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja recently.
Conn explained that the Rhodes Scholarship covers all university and college fees, a personal stipend for room and board, health insurance and travel, as well as the costs of the Rhodes Programme including those of Rhodes House.
“Depending on the course of study, the total value of the scholarship could range from £40,000 to £50,000 per annum, with the average tenure for a Rhodes Scholar being 2.8 years and 3 – 4 years for PhD courses. Over time, up to four scholars in residence will be supported under each Scholarship at a total of approximately £200,000 each year per Scholarship, which is sustained by a 4% take rate on the endowment funds.”
Managing Director of Afrinvest and a Rhodes Scholar, Ike Chioke, is driving the 15-year campaign with the Rhodes Trust to reinstate the Nigerian award which led to Conn’s visit to Nigeria as a guest speaker at the Oxbridge Club Business Forum.
Established in the Will of Cecil John Rhodes, the Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding allâ€Âround students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional young leaders. A class of 83 Scholars is selected each year from 30 countries around the globe. The scholarship has been in existence for 111 years.