Schol­ar­ships open to Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY IS­ABEL DE BER­TO­DANO

THE NAMES of the first two Is­raeli Rhodes Schol­ars are to be an­nounced next week.

A cam­paign for Is­raeli stu­dents to be made el­i­gi­ble for the pres­ti­gious bur­sary has been go­ing on be­hind the scenes for many years.

Eric Pick­holz, chair­man of the Weird Science Lab at Ox­ford Univer­sity, who has long pushed for the in­clu­sion of Is­rael, said: “We are ec­static … We are also de­lighted that Is­rael will be­come a reg­u­lar an­nual can­di­date coun­try. This should sig­nif­i­cantly as­sist the UK’s aca­demic re­search at the most elite level.”

The Is­raeli schol­ars will be­gin their cour­ses at Ox­ford Univer­sity in Septem­ber, at the same time as the first Rhodes Schol­ars from Syria, Jor­dan, Le­banon and Pales­tine.

When it was es­tab­lished in 1902, the Rhodes Trust awarded schol­ar­ships to stu­dents from English-speak­ing British colonies, the US and Ger­many.

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