Rhodes scholarship, educational grant to the University of Oxford established in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes for the purpose of promoting unity among English-speaking countries. The scholarship’s qualifications were revised over the years, and by the early 21st century students from all countries were eligible. The scholarships are for 2 years, with a third-year at the discretion of the trustees.
Until 1976, applicants had to be single/unmarried males between the ages of 19 and 25 and residents of, and have at least 5 years’ residency in, the British Commonwealth or colonies, the Republic of South Africa, or the United States. Applicants from Germany were considered in 1903–14 and 1930–39, and from 1970 two candidates were chosen each year from the Federal Republic of Germany. Students from further countries subsequently became eligible, and in 2018 the scholarships were opened to students of all countries. Starting in 1976, females were accepted as candidates. It was Rhodes’s wish that while at Oxford the scholars are allocated among all the colleges, as far as possible in accordance with their own capabilities; acceptance of any scholar, however, is prepared by the colleges themselves.
This Scholarship program in connection with the Said Foundation for Syria is open now for Syrians, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Lebanese. There are 2 Scholarships offered from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, or Palestine each year.
This Scholarship programme is the most beloved(established 1903) worldwide scholarship programme in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Governed by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate education at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom – one of the world’s best universities. These Scholarships are for young leaders of excellent ability and character who are prompted to engage with global challenges, performed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s destiny.
The essential tenure of the Scholarship is 2 years, subject always to satisfactory educational performance and personal behavior. In special cases, at the discretion of the Academic Committee of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Trustees, Scholars may apply for the third year of Scholarship to achieve the DPhil.
Value and Duration of Scholarship Program
The Rhodes Scholarship program is commonly tenable for 2 years and consists of:
- Submit direct payment to Oxford University and the Scholar’s College account to cover costs such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory, and some other ancillary fees.
- Direct payment to the Scholar of a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to and from Oxford at the starting degree and end of the Scholarship
Eligibility Criteria for Scholarship
Applicants for the Rhodes Scholarships, who are current undergraduate or graduate students, must seek approval from their undergraduate university. This institute now accepts applications from all residents in all nations around the world. The preponderance of applicants will be eligible to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship through one supporters only, such as Canada. A small number will meet the eligibility standards for more than one constituency and, as they can only apply to one Rhodes Scholarship in a year, they will need to wish. Applicants who do not match the eligibility criteria for any constituency may be able to apply for an inter-jurisdictional situation or for one of the new Global Rhodes Scholarships. Read more detail here.
The following eligibility criteria apply to all candidates for these Scholarships:
- Citizenship: Each candidate must fulfill the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes constituency for which they are applying.
- Education: All applicants must have attained the completion of an honors bachelor’s degree by the October following the election. As well, an academic position must be sufficiently high to ensure admission to the University of Oxford, which has very aggressive entry requirements. In Canada, a GPA of a minimum of 3.75/4.0, or equivalent, is required.
- Age: Age limits vary between constituencies and range from a minimum age limit of 18 to 28 by October 1st 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 practicing. Successful candidates will arrive at Oxford the October following the selection method. The Scholarship may not normally be conceded.
Find out if you reach the criteria to become a Rhodes Scholar and start your application. We offer scholarships in over 22 nominated Rhodes constituencies, as well as our Global Rhodes Scholarships, visit our ‘Which Scholarship’ page for more information.
How to Prepare Your Candidacy at Western
- Application Process: The online application opens in June each year.
All candidates for the Scholarship should read the detail about the Scholarships applicable globally and then proceed to their country-specific page. Candidates in Canada must read the Memorandum for Canadian Candidates. In wide terms, all constituencies will require the following materials in differing forms:
- Evidence of academic record/transcript (complete or in progress) of an undergraduate degree and any postgraduate education
- Curriculum resume/vitae or list of principal activities
- Personal report or essay including (crucially, a clear statement of what the candidate wishes to study at Oxford and why)
- Evidence of age / birth certificate / Driving Licence / passport
- English Language ability (where English is not the first language)
- Photograph with Simple Background
- 6 reference letters from appraisers who can attest in confidential references to the spirit and intellect of the candidate, including academic, personal, extra-curricular, and leadership victories (and who should never include people to whom you are related). Recommendation letters may be sent directly to SGPS to firstname.lastname@example.org by the internal deadline.
- Submission Deadline: Applications (single PDF File), including references and transcripts, must be submitted to Paula Menzies Cameron by 4:00 pm EDT Friday, Jan 22, 2021
- Applicants are recommended for endorsement after a review of the applications by divisions of the university committee.
- The Committee selects prosperous candidates based on the merits of their application.
- Western will provide an official letter of support directly to the appropriate regional selection board chair for each victorious candidate
Rhodes Scholarship Application
To be considered for a Rhodes Scholarship, a student must submit a comprehensive application to SGPS (single PDF) that includes the following, in order:
- Personal Essay that sets forth a self-reflective picture describing personal aspirations and a specific plan of study for the proposed program of study at Oxford sponsored by concrete examples of accomplishments and character.
- This essay must not exceed 1,000 words in length and be totally written by the applicant. Selection committees will place special emphasis on it and for each successful applicant, it will be sent to the assigned Oxford College for admission prospects.
- A complete listing of principal activities and courage while in the university including scholarships, awards, prizes, positions of leadership, engagement in student, voluntary, community, or political activities, and any cultural, musical, or sporting achievements.
- Official current transcripts of all university studies completed at Western and elsewhere.
- Six (6) letters of reference on appropriate letterhead (scanned signed copies). At least four (4) of these letters must be academic in nature, attesting to your scholastic achievements and intellectual potential. Referees must not be personal friends, relations, or contemporaries.
The selection of successful candidates will be based on the criteria set out by the Rhodes Trust. They are:
- literary and scholastic achievements
- energy to use one’s expertise to the full
- truth, courage, devotion to duty, understanding for and protection of the weak, kindliness, generosity, and fellowship
- the moral force of personality and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.
If You Are Chosen for an Interview in Your Constituency
- You will receive a message from the provincial committee secretary inviting you to the final phase of the competition by way of a request to reception and interview.
- Notify SGPS as soon as probable if you receive an invitation.
- SGPS will convene the university Mock Interview Committee to help you prepare.