Oxford University Rhodes Scholarships for International Students from Selected Countries

The Rhodes Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Wide variety
Course Level: Graduate (Masters, PhD)
Provider: Rhodes Scholarship Fund
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The prestigious Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting exceptional all-round international students to study at the University of Oxford. See also the Rhodes Global Scholarships.

Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. Selection of Rhodes Scholars is made without regard to gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, social background, caste, or disability.

The Rhodes Trust warmly welcomes applications from talented young women and men of diverse backgrounds and interests who show potential to be public-spirited leaders for the world's future. In addition to these "jurisdictional scholarships" for the countries listed below, the University now offer Rhodes Global Scholarships.

The Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford University

Rhodes Selection Committees are looking for young persons of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service from 23 Rhodes constituencies worldwide. The four criteria governing the selection of Rhodes Scholars are:
  • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
  • energy to use one's talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.
The eligibility criteria for each constituency scholarship can be found by selecting the relevant country in the drop down at the foot of the ‘How to apply’ webpage.

The majority of applicants will be eligible to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship through one constituency only. A small number will meet the eligibility criteria for more than one constituency and, as they can only apply to one Rhodes Scholarship in a year, they will need to choose. Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria for any constituency may be able to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration or for one of the new Global Rhodes Scholarships.

Eligible groups
Targeted at citizens of 23 Rhodes constituencies (representing over 60 different countries):
Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, East Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi), Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), Middle East (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine), United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Participating Institution(s)
Oxford University, Oxford; United Kingdom

Fields of study
Most, but not all, postgraduate courses are covered by the Rhodes scholarship (e.g. part-time courses are excluded from the scholarship as are courses that are at a level that is lower than a Masters - e.g. postgraduate diplomas and certificates are not covered by the scholarship). You can also use the scholarship to do an undergraduate Bachelor's degree with senior status (i.e. taken over two years)

Number of Awards
Over 100 Rhodes Scholars are selected annually from 23 jurisdictions (representing over 60 countries)

Sponsorship duration
The basic tenure is two years, subject always, and at all times, to satisfactory academic performance and personal conduct. At the discretion of the Trustees, the Scholarship may be extended for a third year for those who take a recognized route to the DPhil.

Scholarship benefits
A Rhodes Scholarship covers all University and College fees, the university application fee, a personal stipend for living expenses 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.

Method of Application
All candidates for the Scholarship should read the information about the Scholarships applicable globally, and then proceed to their country-specific page to read the application criteria, eligibility requirements, and deadline specific to their country. Also available on the country pages are contact details for the National Secretaries, who can provide additional information for prospective applicants in each country.

It is important to carefully read the application guidance page; AND also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this scholarship.

Applications for the Scholarships in most Rhodes countries open on 1 June, but usually open in early July for the United States, Kenya, and Pakistan. Deadline varies per country but is around July-October of the preceding year you wish to study. Please visit your country link for specific dates.

Successful candidates will be asked to provide original copies of academic transcripts (and other supporting documents as required). References may be checked during application review, and any applications deemed fraudulent will be rejected. Authors of fraudulent applications will be pursued to the full extent possible under the law.

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Application Deadline: July-October 2018
Open to International students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Scholarships in the UK for International Students



  2. Please ar Nigerians Qualified

    1. Nigeria is one of the major beneficiaries of the Oxford University Rhodes Scholarships