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UTAS Rhodes Scholar Do you have what it takes to become the next Tassie Rhodes Scholar?

Honours students wishing to undertake postgraduate study next year should start considering their options now.

While UTAS students are fortunate to belong to a university which offers high quality postgraduate training in a wide range of areas, some students will be looking for opportunities to enrol in coursework and research programs in overseas universities. It takes time to organise a place, a supervisor and funding support.

A Rhodes scholarship is one way of achieving the goal of studying at an overseas university.

The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 under the will of Cecil John Rhodes. He left the greater part of his fortune to establish the scholarships, selection for which was to be based on qualities of character as well as intellect. Cecil Rhodes hoped that those who gained benefits from a scholarship at Oxford would go on to improve the lot of humanity and work towards maintaining peace between nations. Rhodes was a person who made a difference.

To be chosen as a Rhodes Scholar you need to have some special characteristics. Rhodes Scholars all have exemplary academic records and include participation in community service and the ability and willingness to lead.

Sporting and similar activities also provide a demonstration of physical vigour.

Every year the University of Tasmania graduates honours students who have the talents and characteristics which match the Rhodes Scholarship criteria.
 If you are completing your final year and hoping to undertake postgraduate study overseas, then do some self-appraisal to check whether you might be a successful applicant. Closing date 1 September 2011.

 For further information about the application process, please contact either Professor Don Chalmers, Tasmanian Secretary for the Rhodes at  or phone (02) 6226 7567; or Rhonda Ewart at  or phone (03) 6226 2653.

Photo: 2010 Rhodes Scholar and UTAS graduate Elizabeth Murray is living the dream and currently studying at the famed Oxford University in the UK.

Published on: 27 May 2011 12:56pm