The Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1902 by Cecil John Rhodes’ will, and it was a genuinely innovative initiative at the time. The Rhodes Scholarships are the world’s oldest and probably most prestigious international scholarship program, allowing brilliant young people from all over the world to pursue full-time postgraduate study at the University of Oxford (ranked first internationally in the Times Higher Education rankings for 2017 and 2018).
One of the Scholarship’s original goals was to find young leaders from throughout the world who, by studying together at Oxford, would form links of mutual understanding and friendship for the development of humanity. Despite the outdated terminology, one of the Scholarship’s founding goals is to choose excellent young people with leadership potential who will make a positive effect in the world later in life.
In the first instance, the Rhodes Scholarship is for two years. The Rhodes Scholarship pays for tuition at Oxford University (and College) as well as an annual stipend. The stipend for the 2022/23 academic year will be £15,900 per year (£1,325 per month), from which Scholars will cover all living expenses, including housing. Please keep in mind that this does not cover partners or dependents.
International students can apply for the Rhodes Scholarship 2022-2023, which is fully supported. This scholarship covers a living income (£15,144 a year), all University and College fees, including the University application fee for master’s and PhD studies.
About the Scholarship:
The University of Oxford is the world’s second-oldest surviving university and the oldest in the English-speaking world. While the exact date of its inception is unknown, there is evidence that instruction began in 1096. The university, which is located in and around Oxford’s medieval city center, has 44 colleges and halls, as well as over 100 libraries, making it the UK’s largest library system. There are approximately 22,000 students in total, with little over half being undergraduates and over 40% being international, representing 140 countries. Oxford, dubbed the “city of dreaming spires” by Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, has the youngest population of any English or Welsh city: about a quarter of its people are university students, giving Oxford a distinct bustle.
Over 250,000 people have graduated from Oxford, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Laureates, seven poet laureates, and more than 30 modern world leaders (Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Gandhi and 26 UK Prime Ministers, among them). The university has produced 11 Nobel Laureates in chemistry, five in physics, and 16 in medicine. Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking, and Richard Dawkins are among the notable Oxford intellectuals and scientists.
Hugh Grant and Rosamund Pike, as well as Oscar Wilde, Graham Greene, Vikram Seth, and Philip Pullman, all attended Oxford. Emo of Friesland, Oxford’s first international student, enrolled in 1190, and the present institution prides itself on having a ‘international spirit,’ with connections to practically every country in the world and 40 percent of its professors drawn from outside.
Oxford is a modern, research-driven university with many strengths, including being ranked number one in the world for medicine (its medical sciences division would be the fourth largest in the UK if it were a university in its own right) and being among the top ten universities in the world for life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Oxford
Scholarship Country: United Kingdom
Scholarship Worth: £15,144
Study Level: Masters, Phd
Nationality: International Students
The Rhodes Scholarship provides the following benefits to the recipient:
- A monthly salary of £15,144; 2. All University and College costs; 3.
- One economy class trip from the student’s home country to Oxford at the start of the scholarship and one economy flight from Oxford to the student’s home country at the end.
- The application fee to the university;
- The Scholarship is for two years and is contingent on excellent academic performance and personal conduct. For individuals who take a recognized route to the DPhil, the Scholarship may be extended for a third year, subject to an application process (PhD).
Eligibility for Scholarship
To be eligible for a Rhodes Scholarship, a candidate must meet all of the following criteria:
- Citizenship and residency requirements: Each applicant must meet the Rhodes constituency’s citizenship and residency requirements.
- Education: By October, all applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree with honors. In addition, academic status must be sufficient to assure entrance to the University of Oxford, which has extremely stringent admissions requirements. A least 3.75/4.0 GPA, or equivalent, is required in Canada.
- Age: Age limits vary each constituency, ranging from 18 to 28 by October 1st of the year following selection. The age limit in most constituencies is 24 or 25.
Before applying, please double-check your constituency’s exact age restrictions. Following the selection process, successful candidates will arrive in Oxford in October. Normally, the Scholarship cannot be delayed.
- English is a required language.
The Rhodes Scholarship 2023 | University of Oxford (Fully Funded) is open to to all international students
To apply for a Rhodes Scholarship, please follow the steps outlined below:
The following resources, in various forms, will be required by all constituencies in broad terms:
- Curriculum vitae/resumé or a summary of major accomplishments. (For this scholarship, please do not include an image in your CV.)
- Proof of an undergraduate degree and any postgraduate studies (completed or in progress) academic record / transcript
- Statement of purpose or essay (including, crucially, a clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford and why)
- English Language Proficiency (for those who do not speak English as a first language)
- Proof of age, such as a birth certificate or a passport
- Four letters of recommendation from appraisers who can attest to the applicant’s character and intellect in private references, encompassing academic, personal, extracurricular, and leadership achievements (and who should never include people to whom you are related).
Step-by-Step Instructions for Filling Out an Application:
(1) Go to http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/application and click on the scholarships page to apply online.
(2) You must submit your application online before the deadline, together with all supporting documentation.
(3) Read the general information on the Rhodes website, particularly the Scholarships tab, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship, the information in this document, and the graduate admissions pages of the University of Oxford: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate in preparation for making your application.
(4) Candidates who have been shortlisted will be invited to a social event and a final interview. Because no concessions can be made on the date, time, or mode of these activities, you must be available to attend both in person. Without an interview, no candidate will be chosen. The Rhodes Trust will cover travel expenses, which will include the cost of a round-trip First Class rail ticket but not lodging costs. The cost of international travel for those attending from other countries will not be covered.
(5) The outcome of each applicant’s application will be emailed to them.
Procedure for Selection:
- The Rhodes Scholarship is awarded regardless of financial circumstances.
- The Rhodes Scholarship is awarded regardless of marital status, race, ethnic origin, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social background, disability, caste, or any other irrelevant factor. It is optional to provide such information in the ‘Outreach’ section of the application form, but it aids us in ensuring that our selection processes are fair and that our outreach efforts are effective; those involved in selection will only see summary statistics of these responses in an anonymized format that cannot be traced back to the individual.
- You are applying for a Rhodes Award to attend the University of Oxford in October 2021; you will not be able to delay the scholarship.
- The Rhodes Scholarship is only confirmed after acceptance to the University of Oxford.
- If a sufficiently suitable candidate cannot be discovered, no selection will be made.
- The Selection Committee’s decision is final.
Following the selection, follow these steps:
- Please be aware that successful applicants must apply to the University of Oxford as soon as possible after being selected. When you are chosen, you will be given all of the information you need.
- Successful candidates’ complete applications will be accessible to Rhodes House, Oxford, where the Scholarship references can be re-used in support of the successful candidate’s subsequent application to the University of Oxford, if appropriate.
- Successful candidates would be invited to report any medical conditions or special needs that may necessitate academic or personal assistance in Oxford in confidentially. This information is provided voluntarily in order for Rhodes House to give appropriate support at Oxford and to make the transfer to Oxford as seamless as possible.
The application deadline for Rhodes Scholarship 2023 | University of Oxford is different for each country. Please check your country and check the deadline on the scholarship website