The University of Oxford and the Rhodes Trust are inviting students from around the world to apply for fully-funded Oxford University Rhodes Scholarships for 2015-2016 academic session. The Rhodes scholarships are open to students from Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland, United States, Canada, India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Germany, Hong Kong, Jamaica and the Caribbean Commonwealth.
The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals from the above-named countries.
83 Rhodes Scholars are selected annually from 14 countries or groupings of countries around the world. They are young women and men from diverse backgrounds and interests who show potential to be public-spirited leaders for the world’s future.
- The Rhodes Trust warmly welcomes applications from talented young women and men of diverse backgrounds. Selection of Rhodes Scholars is made without regard to gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, social background, caste, or disability.
- The following eligibility criteria apply to all applicants for the Rhodes Scholarships:
- Citizenship & residency: Each applicant must fulfil the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes constituency for which they are applying. Please check the detailed information carefully via the country links.
- Age: Age limits vary between constituencies and range from a minimum age limit of 18 to a maximum of 28 by 1 October of the year following selection. In most constituencies, the age limit is 24 or 25. Please check carefully the specific age requirements for your constituency before applying. Successful candidates will arrive in Oxford the October following the selection process. The Scholarship may not normally be deferred.
- Education: All applicants must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree by the October following election. Academic standing must be sufficiently high to ensure admission to the University of Oxford, which has very competitive entry requirements, and to give confidence that Rhodes Scholars will perform to a high academic standard in Oxford. Individual constituencies may specify a 1st or equivalent. Some constituencies require an undergraduate degree to have been taken within the constituency of application.
How to Apply
- Applications for Rhodes Scholarships open during the spring and summer of the preceding year.
- All candidates for the Scholarship should read the information about the Scholarships applicable globally, and then proceed to their country-specific page (See link below). Online application is not available for applicants to New Zealand and Pakistan. Refer to the relevant country page: New Zealand or Pakistan.
- 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
3. Personal statement or essay (including, crucially, a clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford and why)
4. Evidence of age / birth certificate / passport
5. English Language proficiency (where English is not the first language)
7. 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)
Deadlines: Relevant deadlines for the eligible countries are listed below:
- Zambia: October 10, 2014
- Zimbabwe: August 15, 2014
- Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland): August 15, 2014
- Kenya: August 31, 2014
- India: July 31, 2014
- New Zealand: August 1, 2014
- Australia: September 1, 2014
- Hong Kong: September 26, 2014
- Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean: September 30, 2014
- Germany: September 30, 2014
- United States: October 1, 2014
- Canada: October 17, 2014
- Bermuda: October 24, 2014
- Pakistan: Not stated, interviews for selected candidates will be held before December 2014. We advise you apply as soon as possible.