The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. The scholarships provide transformative opportunities for outstanding all-round students and exceptional individuals, encouraging them to "fight the world's fight" throughout their lives.
A class of over 60 Scholars is selected each year from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, and Swaziland), Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars join these Scholars.
A Rhodes Scholarship makes possible two or three years of study in any field at Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Rhodes Scholars join just over 20,000 students from more than 140 countries currently studying at the University, and are enriched by the stimulating and rigorous education and the vibrant cultural and community life. Scholars may study for any degree taught at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholarships are normally held for two years, the duration of most masters' degrees and second bachelors' degrees. Scholars may also study for two one-year "taught" master's degrees. For those pursuing a doctorate, the Scholarship may be renewed for a third year. In the fourth and last year of a doctorate, university fees only may be available.
The value of a Rhodes Scholarship consists of a direct payment to the Scholar's college of all tuition fees (such as matriculation, tuition, and certain other set charges), plus a maintenance stipend (except for doctoral candidates who, in the fourth year, receive fees only) of not less than 11,730 Pounds per year paid directly to the scholar in installments during the term of the scholarship. This sum should be sufficient to enable a scholar to meet necessary expenses for term time and vacations, but those who can afford to supplement it to a modest extent from their own resources are advised to do so. For those receiving fourth-year fees for doctorates, Oxford living expenses are often available through University teaching positions. The Trust will assist Rhodes Scholars with their traveling expenses to and from Oxford.
Married applicants may apply. It would be very difficult, however, for a married couple to live on the Rhodes Scholarship stipend alone. Supplemental private funds are virtually essential. Spouses may obtain permits to work legally in Britain.
Non U.S. Rhodes applicants apply through their home country (see the Program Website link for a list of eligible countries), and work with their home country's application deadline, and home country's academic institution, if required to do so. Please be aware that if you are named as a finalist, you may be required to travel to your home country for one or more interviews.
Applicant must have at least a bachelor's degree by October 1 of the year of application. Applicants must be citizens of Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Some Rhodes Countries require, in addition, an undergraduate degree from the home country, and/or a minimum period of residency in the home country within a specified time frame.
Age limits vary by Rhodes country and range from a minimum age of 18 to a maximum of 28 by October 1 of the year when the Rhodes Scholarship would begin. In most constituencies, the age limit is 24 or 25. Please check carefully the specific age requirements for your Rhodes country. Each applicant must also fulfill the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes country for which they are applying.
For detailed eligiblity requirements for each country, click on the world map or country link. Also available on the country pages are contact details for the National Secretaries, who can provide additional information for prospective applicants from each country.
Proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but applicants will also be required to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full.
Applicants must be citizens of Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Each Rhodes country specifies its own deadline -- often in late Spring or early Summer -- several months before the 'regular' Rhodes deadline.
How To Apply:
Students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's fellowship advisor well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.