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Rhodes Scholarship transformative

Andrew Dean received a Rhodes Scholarship in November 2011, after completing a B. A. (Hons) in English at the University of Canterbury. Read more about his transformative experience.

I began at Oxford in October 2012 and I read for a one year masters in 20th Century Literature; from 2013–2017 I read for a doctorate in English, focusing on post-1945 fiction.

The scholarship has been a transformative experience for me. My masters course opened my intellectual horizons. During the doctoral thesis, I have been supervised and examined by a number of remarkable scholars. It has been with the support of the scholarship, too, that I’ve had the time and funding to write in a more public way about literature and politics.

Rhodes Scholars have many different experiences coming into their time at Oxford, and take many different paths through their time there. It is unusual in that it offers support to undertake almost any course, from a second BA to a doctoral thesis. Rhodes House itself endeavours to create a community of scholars from all over the world. I couldn’t have asked for a more stimulating environment in which to study and work.

Interested in applying? The closing date for applications is 1 August so start thinking and preparing now. Click here for more information.

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Andrew in front of the Radcliffe Camera (a library) in Oxford.

Background to Rhodes Scholarships

  • Rhodes’ 1903 Will outlined four criteria to be used in the election of Scholars:
  • “literary and scholastic attainments;
  • the energy to use one’s talents to the full;
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.”
  • Up to three graduates are selected from New Zealand each year. To be eligible they must be either residents or citizens, have spent at least five of the previous ten years in New Zealand, and aged between 19 and of 25. Read more about eligibility here.
  • Globally a total of up to 95 scholars are selected from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland)SJLP (including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine), United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africa(from 2018), Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as New Zealand.
  • In New Zealand, the Scholarships are supported in partnership with the Robertson Foundation. Internationally the Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other benefactors

Scholarship Opportunity: First Nations’ Futures Programme at Stanford University

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in conjunction with the UC’s Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and the University of Otago is pleased to announce its participation in the First Nations’ Futures Programme (FNFP) in 2017.

Smudge CeremonyThe First Nations’ Futures Programme provides an unrivalled opportunity for aspiring Ngāi Tahu leaders and other Māori postgraduate students to gain access to leading international research and thinking within a uniquely indigenous context. Applications are also invited from Ngāi Tahu and other Māori undergraduate students who are close to completion of their degree and who intend to apply for postgraduate study in 2017-2018. The First Nations’ Futures Programme is held at Stanford University for two weeks in October/November every year. The closing date for expressions of interest is 19 May, 2017.

Expressions of Interest:

To express your interest, please download the 2017 FNFP Application Form from the website:

Please note: applications for 2017 will be available online from Friday 7th April.

Submit the completed application form with a copy of your CV and relevant supporting documentation via email, as instructed below.

Native American Cultural CentreApplicants will need to outline a tribal programme/kaupapa they wish to parent and lead within the tribe that relates to the tribal economy/development and demonstrate a record of community participation.

We encourage you to provide relevant supporting documentation which may include letters from your whānau, rūnanga, academic institution, or current employer.

All applications must be received by Friday 19 May 2017 via  email to: and cc’d to

For more information refer to the website: or email:

Christmas in Antarctica

Over the Christmas and New Year period instead of going camping in one of my usual summer spots, a group of students including myself were off camping on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

This trip was part of the Post-graduate Certificate of Antarctic Studies, which is a summer course that focuses on scientific, environmental, social and political topics that concentrate on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Antarctic campsite

While on the ice we completed a range of activities which included environmental monitoring around Scott Base, weather reporting, glaciology, climbing Castle Rock and visiting Discovery Hut which was built by Scott over a hundred years ago. For me the best project was taking part in the seal surveys. For this we had to count and identify the sex of Weddell seals, they were really amazing to get close to as they are so big, and the pups that were around are so cute, classic charismatic megafauna.

One highlight of the trip was seeing the Hagglunds arrive on Christmas Day, and the staff jumping out dressed up as Father Christmas and Elves bringing us Christmas lunch, one even kite skied into camp!

Antarctica studies

It was an amazing experience and I am very grateful to have received the Na Tauira Na Kaiwhakatere scholarship through Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, which has allowed me to take part in the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies.

– Rata Pryor Rodgers