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University of Oxford, UK. The Rhodes Scholarship

Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

Worth: Fees + £15,900 stipend

Awards: 100 scholarships


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. The Rhodes Scholarship supports exceptional young people for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford, and actively fosters lifelong learning and fellowship.


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.

Scholarship Cover/Benefits:

The Rhodes Scholarship is for two years in the first instance. The Rhodes Scholarship covers Oxford University (and College) fees as well as providing an annual stipend up to £15,900 per annum or £1,325 per month (2019/20 academic year rate) from which Scholars pay all living expenses, including accommodation


Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Applications for the Rhodes Scholarship consist of multiple stages. Below are 7 steps to guide you through the process.

  • Checking Eligibility

  • Choice of Oxford Course

  • Preparing a personal statement

  • Reference letters

  • Checking and Gathering Documents

  • Social Media Engagement

  • Final Interview

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