Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award supporting exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

  • The Scholarship aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world’s future
  • Scholars may pursue any full-time postgraduate degree (subject to limited restrictions) offered by the University of Oxford, for a duration of 2-3 years
  • Whilst at Oxford Scholars enjoy a comprehensive Rhodes Character, Service & Leadership programme, inclusive of retreats, workshops, conferences, as well as many discussion and social events at Rhodes House, Oxford
  • The Scholarship includes full tuition, a maintenance stipend, and flights to and from Oxford at the beginning and end of tenure

How to apply:

Candidates wishing to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship must first be endorsed by the college. Please send a pdf of your application to Ann Butwell by September 15th. In addition to this, you will also need to provide:

  1. proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
  2. a certified transcript (or transcripts)
  3. a list of principal activities
  4. a clear, printable head and shoulders photograph (preferably high resolution)
  5. the endorsement of the applicant’s college or university
  6. five, but not more than eight, letters of recommendation.  At least four of these letters must be persons from whom the applicant has received undergraduate or graduate instruction, and at least one letter (the fifth) must speak to the applicant’s character
  7. a personal statement not exceeding 1000 words which the applicant must attest as wholly truthful and his or her own work. The statement should describe the applicant’s academic and other interests, and describe the specific areas of proposed study and the reasons for wishing to study at Oxford. The statement should be written in as simple and direct a manner as possible and set in a typeface no smaller than 10 points. Selection committees will place special emphasis on the personal statement and it may be forwarded to Oxford colleges to which Rhodes Scholars-elect apply for admission. Committees may, in their discretion, reject any personal statement which fails to meet these requirements.

In addition to this, the applicant must be prepared to attend a reception and personal interview, and remain for possible reinterviews and the election announcement, in the city serving the respective district region, on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving holiday.

For more information, please visit the Rhodes website at http://www.rhodesscholar.org/