Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Rhodes Scholarships for Kenya

Kenyan Scholars Kingwa Kamencu (2009) and Diana Njuguna (2010)
Kenyan Scholars Kingwa Kamencu (2009) and Diana Njuguna (2010)

Each year, there are two Scholarships available in Kenya to enable outstanding students - chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service - to study at the University of Oxford.
Rhodes Scholars from Kenya have pursued a variety of careers in public service, academia, business, law, and medicine, amongst others.  Many have achieved notable distinction, including:

  • Elchi Nowrojee (Kenya & St Antony’s 1992), who is Co-Head of Legal - Americas for the Asset Management division of Credit Suisse, where he has represented a number of clients investing in African companies, forming African investment funds and working with other Africa-related businesses.  He is also a member of the Sub-Committee on Africa of the Advisory Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice and former Chair of the Committee on African Affairs of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
  • Njonjo Mue (Kenya & Jesus 1991), who is Deputy Director of the Africa Program of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international non-profit organization which works to help societies in transition address legacies of massive human rights violations and build civic trust in state institutions as protectors of human rights. An advocate of the high court of Kenya, he previously served as the Head of ICTJ's Kenya office and the Head of Advocacy at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. He sits on the board of the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists and is a member of the Kenya Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.
  • Adhiambo Odaga (Kenya & St Antony's 1986), who is the Ford Foundation’s Director, Pan African Program and Representative for West Africa based in Lagos, Nigeria.  In this capacity she oversees grant-making focused on building local capacity in the areas of economic development, human rights, governance, reproductive health and culture.   She is also a board member of TrustAfrica, an independent foundation that strives to secure the conditions for democratic governance and equitable development across Africa, and a member of the Policy and Monitoring Committee of Nigeria’s National Council of Privatisation.
Information about Rhodes Scholars elected for Kenya and around the world can be found in biographies of the Rhodes class of 2012 and the Rhodes class of 2011. You can also access video interviews with diverse Rhodes alumni.

Applications are now open for the Rhodes Scholarship for 2013 for Kenya.
For the online application form, please click here

Prospective applicants from Kenya should carefully review:
There are FAQs which are applicable to all applicants.

The Secretary for the Rhodes Scholarships in Kenya may be contacted at:
Mrs Janet Kabiru
National Secretary
The Rhodes Scholarships in Kenya
PO Box 2588-00202
Telephone: +254 20 285 8000
Cell: +254 722 810044

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