Rhodes scholarship is one the oldest and most prestigious international scholarship programs in the world. It was first granted in 1902 and since then, every year, 95 international students from 64 countries around the world, become Rhodes Scholars and have the chance to study at the University of Oxford.
The Rhodes scholarship is created for exceptional postgraduate students who have the potential to become global leaders. The scholarship offers full tuition cover, a living allowance (around (£14000 per year) and transportation cost at the beginning and at the end of the program.
Applications are now open for candidates from Canada Bermuda,, Germany, Hong Kong, China, India, Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean, Malaysia, Kenya, New Zealand, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Applications will soon open for USA, Pakistan and Australia candidates.
Selection criteria refer to academic excellence, character traits such as truthfulness, courage and leadership and a full mastery of one’s abilities in different domains such as debate, arts or sports.
All candidates must be citizens of one of the countries listed above, must have completed their Bachelor degree before starting the academic program at Oxford and must be of age between 18 and 24 years old.
Other important eligibility criteria are specific to each country or region, so candidates must verify what their specific criteria are before applying for the scholarship. Candidates can do that by accessing this web page and selecting their country or region from the list.
The application for the scholarship will also include a personal statement, an essay in which the candidates must describe who they are, what matters most to them, how will they benefit from the scholarship and what and why they wish to study at Oxford. Candidates must also provide letters of reference (between 4 and 8, depending on the country or region). Three of the referees must be academics who can attest to the candidates’ scholar performance and the rest of them must be persons who can offer information on aspects of moral character and other qualities required by the selection process.
After being offered the Rhodes Scholarship, candidates can apply for a place at the University of Oxford. Candidates must meet the entry conditions of their chosen Oxford program and they can find out more information about each course admission requirements on this web page.