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Young Lady wins UK Rhodes scholarship, set to bag masters degree at University of Oxford free of charge

A brilliant lady named Ananya Agustin Malhotra has been awarded the United Kingdom Rhodes Trust scholarship to study for her master’s degree at the University of Oxford.

Ananya, from Atlanta, graduated from Princeton University in the United States with a bachelor’s degree in Public and International Affairs. She also obtained certificates in European cultural studies and French language and culture at the same Princeton University.

She was among 32 Americans that were awarded the Rhodes Trust scholarship in 2020. The scholarship funds two to three years of graduate study at the University of Oxford. Ananya will be studying a Master of Philosophy in International Relations for two years at Oxford University according to Princeton’s website.

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The Rhodes Trust Scholarship at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom grants successful candidates a full tuition waiver plus a living stipend of £18,180 per annum to earn their Master’s degree.



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Application for the 2023 Award closed in September 2023 and applicants have submitted their applications. Click HERE to learn more about the United Kingdom Rhodes Scholarship.

Ananya’s course adviser, Zia Mian described her as an outstanding next-generation scholar with great curiosity and creativity as well as a deep commitment to using a moral, humanist imagination to understand and improve the lives of others.

She stated that her thesis explores the collective remembrance of the nuclear age in America, examining the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Trinity Testing Site as lieux de mémoire, or “places of memory.”


Anaya said she wrote in her Rhodes application that the oral histories she collected as part of her senior thesis research “paralleled the stories of her Filipino great-grandmother, Lola Tuding, who grew up with ‘comfort women’ abused by Japanese soldiers in her hometown of Obando.

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She added that she also wrote about her Indian grandfather’s stories of fleeing his home, set ablaze during the 1947 Partitio stating that shared, transnational legacies of trauma are woven into the fabric of historic decisions made in the name of international politics.

While at Princeton, Ananya’s activities support her interest in social justice as the president of the SHARE (Sexual Harassment/Assault Awareness, Resources and Education) Peer Program and a co-founder of the Office of Religious Life’s UN Women Faith and Gender Justice Fellowship.

She was also a founding officer of Princeton Students for Gender Equality and is a member of the Princeton Filipino Community. Ananya was also a member of Forbes College where she served on the Forbes College Council during her freshman and sophomore years.

Anaya stated that when she found out she was awarded the Rhodes scholarship, she was shocked and excited. She said that she owes the achievement to the love and support of her family and friends, and the guidance and encouragement of her mentors, professors, and teachers.

“I was completely shocked, confused, and delighted. My first call was to my parents, who were overjoyed. I owe everything to the love and support of my family and friends, and the constant guidance and encouragement of my mentors, professors, and former teachers,” she said.

She stated that as a Rhodes scholar, she is excited to learn with and from an interdisciplinary and global community of young people who are invested in realizing a different and better kind of future.

Ananya mentioned that after earning her degree at Oxford, she hopes to pursue a joint J.D./Ph.D. to study international law, human rights law, and international political thought and history.

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