The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.
One of the founding aims of the scholarship was to identify young leaders from around the world who, through the pursuit of education together at Oxford, would forge bonds of mutual understanding and fellowship for the betterment of mankind. Although the language is old-fashioned, this remains one of the founding aims of the scholarship: to select outstanding young people, with the potential to lead, who will make an impact for good in the world in later life.
Worth of Award
- The Rhodes Scholarships cover Oxford University (and College) fees as well as providing an annual stipend. The stipend will be £15,900 per annum (£1,325 per month) from which scholars pay all living expenses, including accommodation.
- In addition to the above, the Rhodes Trust will cover two economy class flights to and from the UK for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford. On arrival in Oxford, scholars receive a settling-in allowance (£225 in 2019-20). For those scholars who transition to the second course of study in Oxford, they will again receive assistance to cover the fee for visa renewal and further application for IHS. The application fee required to apply to study at the University of Oxford will equally be covered.
- A number of research grants are also available to Rhodes Scholars, on application, which enables Scholars to, for example, attend international conferences or conduct additional fieldwork.
For the Rhodes Scholarships for Global Citizen, Rhodes Selection Committees are looking for young people of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.
The four criteria which governed the selection of Rhodes Scholars in 1902 are still the guiding criteria for the selection of Rhodes Scholars:
- 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.
- Nationality/citizenship: Eligibility to any other Rhodes Scholarship renders you ineligible to apply for a Global Scholarship, i.e. if you are eligible to apply via any existing Rhodes Constituency, you must apply there.
- Age: Upon 1 October 2021, you must meet either of the below criteria:
i. You must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October
1997 and on or before 1 October 2003).
OR (for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual)
ii. You must have not reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1994) AND you have met or
will meet the requirements for completion of your first degree on or after 1 October 2020.
- Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2021) an undergraduate degree from a university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with a First or Upper Second class standard (i.e. an average score of 69%/GPA 3.7 or higher). In this respect, please note carefully the requirements for your chosen course at
Oxford, where entry requirements may exceed those of the Scholarship.
- English language: You must have a sufficiently high standard of English to meet the English language proficiency requirements (at the Higher Level listed) of the University of Oxford.
How to Apply
- All applications should be made online via the official website.
Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by 23:59 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), Monday, 02 August 2021.