Rhodes Scholarships for International Students at University of Oxford in UK, 2017

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Rhodes Scholarships are awarded for pursuing full-time postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford, UK. 95 Rhodes Scholars are selected from many countries around the world annually.

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.  The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain, and other generous benefactors.

The Rhodes Trust is an educational charity whose principal activity is to support scholars selected from 14 constituencies in order to study at the University of Oxford.

All applicants must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Course Level: Rhodes Scholars may read for any full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford.

Study Subject (s): Scholarships are awarded to study any courses offered by the University of Oxford at postgraduate level.

Scholarship Award: 95 Rhodes Scholars select annually from many countries around the world. Rhodes Scholarships will cover all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the Scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to the student’s home country at the conclusion of the Scholarship.

Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility:The following eligibility criteria apply to all applicants for the Rhodes Scholarships

  • Citizenship & residency: Each applicant must fulfil the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes constituency for which they are applying.  Please check the detailed information carefully via the country links.
  • Age: Age limits vary between constituencies and range from a minimum age limit of 18 to a maximum of 28 by 1 October of the year following selection. In most constituencies, the age limit is 24 or 25. Please check carefully the specific age requirements for your constituency before applying.  Successful candidates will arrive in Oxford the October following the selection process.  The Scholarship may not normally be deferred.
  • Education: All applicants must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree by the October following the election. Academic standing must be sufficiently high to ensure admission to the University of Oxford, which has very competitive entry requirements, and to give confidence that Rhodes Scholars will perform to a high academic standard in Oxford. Individual constituencies may specify a 1st or equivalent.  Some constituencies require an undergraduate degree to have been taken within the constituency of application.

Nationality:: Students of following countries can apply for these Rhodes scholarships.

List of Countries: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India,  Israel, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), SJLP (including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine), United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: All applicants must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree by the October following election. Academic standing must be sufficiently high to ensure admission to the University of Oxford, which has very competitive entry requirements, and to give confidence that Rhodes Scholars will perform to a high academic standard in Oxford. Individual constituencies may specify a 1st or equivalent.  Some constituencies require an undergraduate degree to have been taken within the constituency of application.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

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How to Apply: Applications for Rhodes Scholarships open during the spring and summer of the preceding year. All candidates for the Scholarship should read the information about the Scholarships applicable globally and then proceed to their country-specific page. Online application is not available for applicants to New Zealand.  Please refer to the relevant country page: New Zealand. In broad terms, all constituencies will require the following materials in differing forms:

  • Evidence of academic record / transcript (complete or in progress) of undergraduate degree and any postgraduate study
  • Curriculum vitae/resumé or list of principal activities
  • Personal statement or essay (including, crucially, a clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford and why)
  • Evidence of age / birth certificate / passport
  • English Language proficiency (where English is not the first language)
  • Photograph
  • List of referees (usually several are required) who can attest in confidential references to the character and intellect of the applicant, including academic, personal, extra-curricular and leadership achievements (and who should never include people to whom you are related)

Current Rhodes Scholars speak about the personal statement and what is required for this part of the application process.

Application Deadline: Applications for 2017 round with different deadlines for each country. Deadlines are: Australia: 1 September 2016, Bermuda: 21 October 2016, Canada: 14 October 2016, China: 12 October 2016, Germany: 14 October 2016, Hong Kong: 23 September 2016, India: 31 July 2016,  Israel: 31 July 2016, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean: 30 September 2016, Kenya: 31 August 2016, Malaysia: 31 August 2016, New Zealand: 1 August 2016, Pakistan: 1 August 2016, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland): 15 August 2016, SJLP (including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine): 30 September 2016, United Arab Emirates: 23 October 2016, United States: October 5, 2016, West Africa: 31 July 2016, Zambia: 10 October 2016 and Zimbabwe: 15 August 2016.

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