Application is now open for the FirstRand Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment Scholarship at the University of Oxford. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.
About the University of Oxford and Scholarship
The University of Oxford, founded in 1096, is a renowned collegiate research institution located in Oxford, England. As the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second-oldest continuously operating university globally, Oxford has a rich history of academic excellence.
The university’s growth was significant from 1167 onward, especially after Henry II prohibited English students from attending the University of Paris. In 1209, due to conflicts between Oxford students and townspeople, some academics migrated northeast to establish what eventually became the University of Cambridge. Together, Oxford and Cambridge are collectively referred to as Oxbridge, sharing common features and academic traditions.
Oxford is composed of thirty-nine semi-autonomous constituent colleges, four permanent private halls, and various academic departments organized into four divisions. Each college is a self-governing entity with its own membership, internal structure, and activities. While there is no main campus, the university’s buildings and facilities are dispersed throughout Oxford’s city center.
Undergraduate education at Oxford involves a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials at colleges and halls, seminars, laboratory work, and additional tutorials provided by central university faculties and departments. Postgraduate teaching is more centralized in its approach.
The university has consistently held a prestigious position in various university rankings, including the number one spot in the Times Good University Guide for eleven consecutive years. The medical school has also maintained first place in the “Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health” table of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for seven consecutive years.
In partnership with Wadham College at the University of Oxford, FirstRand sponsors the Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding South African student each year for four years, enabling them to pursue postgraduate study at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. The MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise, and the Environment program aims to equip future leaders with the academic knowledge and practical skills necessary to understand and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, environmentally sustainable economic model.
FirstRand and the Smith School seek applicants who will genuinely benefit from this opportunity and, upon their return, contribute to South Africa, aligning with the broader goal of fostering positive change and leadership in sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Details about The FirstRand Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment Scholarship at the University of Oxford:
Scholarship Sponsor: University of Oxford, UK
Scholarship Value: Fully funded
Number of awards: N/A
Study level: Masters
Host Institution(s): University of Oxford, UK
- Under the terms of their five-year agreement, FirstRand will pay for one student’s annual tuition at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment to pursue an MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise, and the Environment, along with living on campus.
Selection Criteria for The FirstRand Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment Scholarship at the University of Oxford
- The interviewing and selection procedure, which will take place in tandem with the FirstRand international postgraduate scholarship program, will be handled by FirstRand.
- Academic brilliance, leadership potential, community involvement, and the ability to influence someone’s fate will all be taken into consideration while evaluating candidates.
Application Procedure for The FirstRand Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment Scholarship
The Submission Deadline is: Thursday 7 March 2024
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