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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. 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 most strongly, connected to 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. 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 in the above FAQ 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 the Global Scholarships will likely be the most competitive of the Rhodes Scholarships, 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 and 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 applications for inter-jurisdictional consideration. You must, however, be able to show sustained and verifiable connection to the region through which you apply. 

  • What is the Deadline?

    You should submit your completed application including the request for inter-jurisdictional consideration (see the process outlined below) a month 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 submit your application, which would contain the inter-jurisdictional consideration request, a month before the Australian application deadline - i.e. 14th August 2018.

  • Further Queries

    Any further queries can be directed to scholarship.queries@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk   (Queries about the Global Rhodes Scholarships can be directed to info.global@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk)

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 above 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 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. Next to the red text there will be a tick box - 'Tick here if you would like to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration'. You should tick that box and click 'save and next'
  3. Complete the 'inter-jurisdictional' tab. This will be very important as it is your only 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 and submit. 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. You should submit your application ONE MONTH AHEAD of the constituency's application deadline to allow the Rhodes House staff 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 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, which will indicate that your application was not successful. Please do not submit a second application (to any other constituency nor to the Global Scholarships) as subsequent applications will be disqualified. 
  3. In very exceptional circumstances the team at Rhodes House may decide that your case for inter-jurisdictional consideration is not strong enough to be granted, but that your application is sufficiently strong to be considered for the Global Scholarships. The Team will redirect your application to the Global Scholarships, you will be informed of this decision and your application will be considered alongside all other applications for the Global Rhodes Scholarships.