The Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship was established through the Will of Cecil John Rhodes in 1902. Over a hundred years later, the Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship program in the world, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to undertake full-time postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.
The eligibility criteria for the Rhodes Scholarships vary depending on which constituency you are applying for. Click here to access the Eligibility Checker to find out if you meet the criteria and are eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarships. Based on the country you select, your constituency box will be automatically completed for you, then answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to each of the eligibility questions provided, click continue to find out if you are eligible and what to do next!.
The Rhodes Scholarship covers
- Oxford University course fees, as well as providing an annual stipend. As of 2021/2022 academic year, the stipend was £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.
- 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.
- The Trust will cover the fee for a student visa.
- The associated International Health Surcharge (IHS), which enables international students to access the UK’s National Health Service.
The Rhodes Scholarship is a fully funded, full time, postgraduate award which enables talented young people from around the world to study only at the University of Oxford.
Some of the requirements for the Rhodes Scholarship are:
- An English language proficiency requirement
- An undergraduate degree(normally a Bachelor’s degree) with an academic background and grade that is a First Class Honors Degree or equivalent which meets or exceeds the specific entry requirements of your chosen full-time course at the University of Oxford?. In the case of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy courses, the highest classification your University awards, e.g. a Distinction would be considered equivalent to a First Class Honors Degree.
- An Honors degree (or have taken an Honors year) from a University outside of your country or if you have studied to Masters level within your country (with the exception of those studying in Nigeria and Ghana, and, for some countries, those studying medicine). Candidates may wish to consider applying to the Rhodes Trust’s sister Foundation, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, to pursue an Honor’s year or a Master’s degree prior to making an application for the Rhodes Scholarship.
- Literary and scholastic attainment
- Energy to use one’s talent to the full
- Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.
- Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship.
The Rhodes Scholarships application opening and deadlines differs based on the constituency.
Click here to find your constituency and follow the guided process to apply.