The Nottinghamshire Roosevelt Travelling Scholarship is open to all individuals aged between 21 and 30 as at 1st September in the year they apply. Applicants should work and/or live in Nottingham or the County of Nottinghamshire and they should be primarily engaged in trade, commerce or the professions.
Applicants do not need to be in full time employment or education.
Applicants are asked to complete an application form, explaining why they wish to be selected, what they propose to do and with what purpose, informing us of their present work and future career intentions and why they consider themselves to be suitable to be granted the Scholarship.
Submission of a completed application which is received on time. The closing date for the 2017 awards has been set as Friday 3 March 2017.
The first interview for a short list of candidates will be held on Thursday 23 March 2017 in Nottingham. This interview will be in a city location with 3 Trustees and/or recent Scholars and will take around 20-25 minutes.
We will be looking to establish your general knowledge on both current affairs and Nottinghamshire (since you will be expected to be an ambassador for the city and county), the value and practicality of your chosen project and we would also like to hear where you see your
future career opportunities. We expect this interview to be fairly informal and to give candidates a good chance to discuss things with us too.
The second and final interview will be held on Thursday 27 April 2017 at County Hall in West Bridgford. We aim to select 3 -5 candidates for the final stage. This will take the form of a presentation to all of our Trustees followed by a selection of questions on you and your proposed project.
Making a successful application
Your application form and, if shortlisted, your interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the qualities desired. A three month trip takes a lot of planning. Whilst it is not possible to fully plan a trip during the application stage, you will benefit from showing how you plan to spend your time in America. You should also give thought to the practicalities of such a trip and consider potential impacts on your career, close family and what will happen on your return.
In addition you;
- Should be able to demonstrate your independence and how this might be used both in preparing for and in enhancing your Scholarship experience.
- Should have the intellectual capability and interpersonal skills to cope with the ambassadorial role and should be able to discuss your approach to this at interview, drawing upon appropriate experience where possible.
- Must be able to demonstrate how the Scholarship will be used to improve your business/career knowledge and skills, outlining the expected benefits to you and your employer and providing some indicators of how the success of those benefits might be measured.
- Should have clear plans for disseminating the outcomes from your Scholarship visit on return to England.
To help prepare you could visit to the Local Studies section of local public libraries and in particular read “Nottingham an Illustrated History” by John Beckett and”Portrait of Nottingham” by Emrys Bryson.
Further information on available on the ‘About NRMTS’ tab on your role while in the US and what to expect on your return.
Applications for the 2017 scholarship are now closed but you can also click here to download a prior year application form. The formal application must be completed on line