The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship program, providing an opportunity to outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.
Applicants from the following countries are eligible for Rhodes Scholarships in 2020:
Australia, Bermuda,Canada, China, East Africacovering Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan And Burundi, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica & The Commonwealth Caribbeancovering Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, The Turks And Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands And British Virgin Islands, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand,Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Southern Africacovering South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia And Eswatini, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon And Palestine, United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africacovering Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, The Island Of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé And Principe, And Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:
- The Rhodes Scholarship covers Oxford University (and College) fees
- Providing an annual stipend
- For the 2018/19 academic year, the stipend will be £15,141 per annum (c. £1,260 per month)
- Two economy class flights – to and from the UK – for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford
- A settling in allowance on arrival
- The International Health Surcharge, which enables international students to access the UK’s National Health Service
- The application fee required to apply to study at the University of Oxford
- 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
To be eligible for Rhodes Scholarships, an applicant must:
- Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen of Rhodes constituency, holding a valid passport
- Education/residency: You must have undertaken formal study at an educational institution in your country. Academic qualification varies with applicants constituency/country
- Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 25th birthday on 1 October 2020, which means you must have been born after 30 September 1995 and on or before 1 October 2001.
- Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2020) an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) to a sufficiently high standard to be admitted to postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. In this respect, please note carefully the requirements for your chosen course at Oxford.
Applicants for Rhodes Scholarships are required to submit the following documents with application:
- Birth certificate or passport confirming that you meet the age criterion
- An official transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date)
- If English is not your first language, please also see the University’s English language requirements
- A full Curriculum Vitae which should include details about academic qualifications, prizes, Scholarships, positions of leadership, employment positions, involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments
- A head-and-shoulders colour photograph (jpg format)
- A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words. The personal statement is your chance to tell your story in your own voice: Who are you? What matters to you? What are you hoping to do in the world?
- You will need to provide a list of five people (your referees) who are willing to submit references on your behalf
All applicants for the Scholarship should read the information about the Scholarships in the country-specific page to read the application criteria, eligibility requirements, and deadline specific to their country.
It is important to read the how to apply page and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.