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Applying for Inter-Jurisdictional Consideration

How to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration

The majority of applicants will be eligible to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship through one constituency only. A small number will meet the eligibility criteria for more than one constituency and will need to choose as only one Rhodes Scholarship application may be submitted per year. Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria for any constituency may be able to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration or for one of the new Global Rhodes Scholarships. For more information on the possible routes to applying for a Rhodes Scholarship, visit the Which Scholarship? page. Below provides detailed guidance on applying for inter-jurisdictional consideration. 

  • What does Inter-Jurisdictional Mean?

    The launch of the new Rhodes Global Scholarships opens up Rhodes Scholarships to the rest of the world - beyond the existing Rhodes constituencies. There are some outstanding young people who sit between 'Global' and 'Jurisdictional' applicants  - i.e. candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria for any Rhodes constituency (according to the Information for Candidates documents) but who are only, or are strongly, connected to two or more countries covered by the Rhodes consituencies. Put another way, these candidates have moved between Rhodes constituencies, which has ultimately rendered them ineligible to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship via any single constituency. Such candidates are able to prove that they have sustained and verifiable connection to two or more Rhodes constituencies. (Please note: Inter-jurisdictional consideration does NOT relax the age and academic achievement eligibility criteria.)

  • What is Inter-Jurisdictional Consideration?

    Inter-jurisdictional consideration is a way of enabling those candidates described above to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship via the constituency with which they have the greatest connection despite not meeting that constituency's eligibility criteria for nationality / citizenship / years of residence or schooling. As there are limited Global Scholarships available (two per year), any candidate who meets the criteria for inter-jurisdictional consideration (i.e. they have sustained and verifiable connection to two or more Rhodes constituencies), should apply via the inter-jurisdictional route.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

  • Which requirements are relaxed with Inter-Jurisdictional Consideration?

    In order to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration, you will need to decide which constituency to apply through; you must meet the age requirements and the academic requirements (or equivalent) for that constituency (as stated in the Information for Candidates document). However, the nationality / citizenship requirements and / or the required number of years of schooling or residency in country may be relaxed for cases where candidates are successful in their request for inter-jurisdictional consideration. You must, however, be able to show sustained and verifiable connection to the region through which you apply. 

  • When is the Deadline?

    You should complete your application including the request for inter-jurisdictional consideration (see the process outlined below) at least two weeks in advance of the deadline for the constituency through which you would like your application to be considered. For example, if you have sustained and verifiable links to both Australia and New Zealand, but you don't meet the eligibility criteria for either, you would begin an application form for whichever of the two countries you have the strongest connections. If that is Australia, you would need to complete your application, which would contain the inter-jurisdictional consideration request, and request the eligibility check via the application form at least two weeks before the published Australian application deadline.

  • Further Queries

    Any further queries can be directed to scholarship.queries@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk; it would be helpful if you included 'inter-jurisdictional' in the subject line.   

The Process for Applying for Inter-Jurisdictional Consideration

If you believe you are eligible to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration you should take the following steps.

Reading - make sure that you are eligible to apply for Inter-Jurisdictional Consideration

  1. Make sure that you have read the Information for Candidates documents for the Rhodes Constituencies to which you are connected, to ensure that you are definitely ineligible to apply direct to a constituency. The Information for Candidates documents can be found on the Apply page by selecting the relevant country in the drop down list. 
  2. Read the information provided in the Which Scholarship? page and the FAQs above to ensure that you can make a strong case for inter-jurisdictional consideration. 
  3. If, after reading the documents listed above, you are sure that you are not eligible to apply direct to any existing Rhodes constituency, and that you meet the criteria for inter-jurisdictional consideration, please proceed. Please note - if you do not meet the age or academic criteria for any of the Rhodes constituencies to which you are connected then you will not be eligible for inter-jurisdictional consideration. 

Application Form

  1. Start a Rhodes application for the constituency with which you have the strongest connection. You can do this by selecting the relevant constituency in the drop down list of the Apply page and then clicking the 'Apply now' button, which will appear at the bottom of the page (if the application window is open).
  2. Once you have registered with Embark (the Rhodes application platform) you will be able to start the application form. You will find that, as you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you cannot proceed past the Preliminary Screen on the online application form and that an error message has appeared at the bottom of the screen in red. Below the red error message there will be an 'Inter-Jurisdictional' box with information and the option to 'Tick here if you would like to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration'. You should tick this box and click 'save and next'. This will open up the rest of the application form to complete. 
  3. Complete the 'inter-jurisdictional' tab. This will be very important as it is your primary opportunity to outline your case for inter-jurisdictional consideration. Your 500 word justification should lay out clearly the strength of your connection to the relevant Rhodes constituencies / countries and why you have the strongest connection to the constituency through which you have chosen to apply. You should include a timeline to clarify your movements over time and to further highlight your strong connections to the relevant countries. 
  4. Complete the rest of the form. Please note that the rest of the form wording is tailored towards applicants who meet the eligibility criteria. Therefore you should complete the rest of the form to the best of your ability. Where the form asks you to upload a document that you do not have (as you fit into the inter-jurisdictional category) please upload documentation relevant to the question and to your situation (e.g. if you are applying via China but do not have a resident identity card, you could upload a scan of you birth certificate or passport).
  5. When you are happy that you have completed the form, you should tick the box on the 'Request Eligibility Check' page. This will then be picked up by a member of the team at Rhodes House, who will assess your eligibility for inter-jurisdictional consideration and will approve or decline the request. It is therefore important that your application is complete before you request this check. You cannot submit your application without approval from Rhodes House.
  6. You should complete your application and request the eligibility check at least TWO WEEKS AHEAD of the constituency's application deadline to allow the Rhodes House team to process your request for inter-jurisdictional consideration.

Application Assessment

In assessing applications for inter-jurisdictional consideration, the team at Rhodes House will primarily be looking for the following:

  • Strength of connection to two or more Rhodes constituencies
  • A clear rationale for the constituency to which you have chosen to apply
  • Evidence of investment in, and commitment to, that constituency and regular contact if you are no longer based there
  • Reasoning for the movement between constituencies
  • A clear timeline to capture your movements between countries. 

Communication of Outcomes

  1. If inter-jurisdictional consideration is granted, you will be emailed to confirm this and to request that you submit your application ahead of the deadline. Post submission, your application will be reviewed in the usual way alongside those of eligible candidates for the constituency that you have chosen. 
  2. For applicants who are not granted inter-jurisdictional consideration, you will also receive an email indicating that your request was not successful and to suggest that you revisit the other Rhodes Scholarships (including the Global Rhodes Scholarships), which may be more appropriate.