Qualified candidates are invited to apply for the Rhodes Scholarships. It is awarded to pursue full-time postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford, UK.
About the Scholarship
The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain, and other generous benefactors.
The Rhodes Trust is an educational charity whose principal activity is to support scholars selected from 14 constituencies in order to study at the University of Oxford.
Scholarships are awarded to study any courses offered by the University of Oxford at postgraduate level.
Ninety-five outstanding young women and men are awarded the Scholarship each year, from 20 Rhodes constituencies (64 countries) worldwide. The Scholarship includes full tuition, a maintenance stipend, and flights to and from Oxford at the beginning and end of tenure.
1. Students from the following countries are eligible: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, East Africa, Germany, Global Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica & The Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Southern Africa, (Inc. South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia And Swaziland) Syria, Jordan, Lebanon And Palestine, United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
2. Candidates must meet the citizenship/residency requirements of one of the Rhodes constituencies – please refer to our full list of Rhodes constituencies and the countries they include. If you do not meet any of these requirements, then you can apply for our new Global Rhodes Scholarship.
3. Candidates must have reached their 18th birthday and not have passed your 24th birthday on 1 October in the year of application.
There is some variation on the upper age limit across constituencies depending on the local environment. Please check carefully the specific age requirements for your constituency before applying.
4. Candidates must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before coming up to Oxford, to a sufficiently high standard to meet both the Rhodes and the Oxford criteria.
5. Candidates must be proficient in the English language.
The deadlines are different for countries. To check the deadline for your country, click here
All candidates for the Scholarship should read the information about the Scholarships applicable globally and then proceed to their country-specific page. The online application is not available for applicants to New Zealand. Please refer to the relevant country page: New Zealand. In broad terms, all constituencies will require the following materials in differing forms:
1. Evidence of academic record/transcript (complete or in progress) of undergraduate degree and any postgraduate study
2. Curriculum vitae/resumé or list of principal activities
Personal statement or essay (including, crucially, a clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford and why)
3. Evidence of age / birth certificate / passport
4. English Language proficiency (where English is not the first language)
6. List of referees (usually several are required) who can attest in confidential references to the character and intellect of the applicant, including academic, personal, extra-curricular and leadership achievements (and who should never include people to whom you are related)