The Rhodes Scholarship is a fully funded, full-time, graduate and postgraduate award that enables talented young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Applying for the Scholarship is a challenge, but it is an experience that has helped generations of young people to succeed. Rhodes Trust encourages applications from talented students everywhere.
Rhodes Scholars come to the UK for two or more years and can apply to study most full-time graduate and postgraduate courses offered by Oxford University.
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August 1, 2022 [ 23:59 GMT]
Scholarship Study Location
University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Graduate & Postgraduate Programmes
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
a. Nationality/Citizenship: You may only apply to the Global Scholarships if you are not eligible to apply via any existing Rhodes constituency. If you have a strong connection to one or more Rhodes constituencies but do not meet their eligibility criteria you should also consider inter-jurisdictional consideration rather than the Global Scholarship.
b. Age: You must meet either of the below criteria:
i. On 1 October 2022, you must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1998 and on or before 1 October 2004).
OR (for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual)
ii. On 1 October 2022, you must not have reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1995)
AND you have met or will meet the academic requirements for completing your first undergraduate degree on or after 1 October 2021
* A university’s policy determines the date of completion of the academic requirement for a degree and this may be different from when a degree is considered awarded by the university or the date of a graduation ceremony. In ambiguous cases, the decision of the National Secretary is final.
c. Academic Achievement: You must have already completed, or will have completed by July 2023, an undergraduate degree (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with an academic background and grade that – at a minimum – meets or exceeds the specific entry requirements of your chosen full-time course at the University of Oxford (https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/courses-a-z-listing)
Given the very intense international competition for places at the University of Oxford, candidates will have a greater chance of successful admission to Oxford if they have:
• A First Class Honours Degree or equivalent, or,
• A GPA of 3.70/4.0 or higher
Please contact the National Secretary if you require further advice about the academic requirements of the Scholarship.
d. English Language: You must have a sufficiently high standard of English and have met, by the application deadline, the English language proficiency requirements (at the Higher Level listed) of the University of Oxford.
e. If unsuccessful in your first application to the Rhodes Scholarships, you may subsequently re-apply only once more (and this must be in the same constituency), subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.
- literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
- energy to use one’s talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
- truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
- the moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings
Number of Scholarships
Two fully-funded scholarships are available for the Rhodes Global Scholarship.
Value of Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship covers Oxford University course fees, as well as provides an annual stipend. For the 2021/22 academic year, the stipend is £17,310 per annum (£1,442.50 per month) from which Scholars pay all living expenses, including accommodation. Please note – this is not sufficient to cover partners or dependents.
On arrival in Oxford, Scholars receive a settling-in allowance and for those Scholars who transition to a second course of study in Oxford, they will again receive assistance to cover the fee for visa renewal and further application for IHS.
The scholarship is expected to cover the entire duration of studies.
a. To submit an application for the Global Scholarship, you must obtain a letter of nomination from your university. Please note that you cannot nominate yourself. You will need to register the details of an appropriate nominator via the application form and you will only be able to submit your application once they have submitted their nomination. For more information please see section 4.d.
b. In addition, applications for the Global Scholarship must undergo an eligibility check by Rhodes House staff before you can submit your application. Once you have completed the application form you will be able to tick a box requesting your eligibility check and the Rhodes House team will then complete the check within 2 working days you will be notified by email once this is complete.
c. You can apply online from 01 June 2022 at https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/applications/.
d. You must submit your application online, with all supporting documents, by 23:59 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), 01 August 2022. All applications must be submitted online. No alternate method of application is accepted. There is no application fee for the submission of the Rhodes Scholarship application form.
e. In preparation for making your application, you should carefully read the information held on the Scholarships tab on the Rhodes House website, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship, the information on this document and the graduate admissions pages of the University of Oxford: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate.
f. Longlisted candidates may be invited to attend a preliminary video interview.
g. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a social engagement (reception and dinner) and a final interview. You must be available to attend both, in person, as no accommodations can be made on the date and time, or the mode, of these events. Interviews will be held at Rhodes House, Oxford, the UK in November. No candidate will be selected without an interview. Candidates for the Scholarship invited for the final interview and residing outside of the United Kingdom may apply to the Rhodes Global Scholarships Administrator for financial assistance to travel from their country of origin provided that the travel could not be funded by their University or other sponsorship sources.
h. All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application.
i. Please note – before starting an online Rhodes Scholarship application you should be aware of the Rhodes Trust data protection policy for applications: https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/pages/personal-data-cookies/.