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Impact of COVID-19 on applications/selection

Statement from the Warden: Impact of COVID-19 on applications and selection for the 2021 Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Trust is delighted that you are interested in applying for the Rhodes Scholarship! 

As Warden of Rhodes House it is my pleasure to announce that, despite the challenges we are all facing due to the pandemic, applications for the 2021 Rhodes Scholarships will open as usual on the 1 June (US and Australia on 1 July) and selection will go ahead as planned later this year.

Given the current public health crisis, selection will be modified.  In most cases, we will use remote interviews, with appropriate technologies to manage that.  This remote approach may require modification for applicants in parts of the world with limited access to data or bandwidth.  In all cases, we will work to ensure that every finalist has a full, fair and equitable opportunity to be interviewed.  Further documents will be published on our website in due course to help guide and prepare you for the 2020 selection process.

In addition, we recognise that conditions in some parts of the world may pose difficulties to applicants submitting portions of their application, such as academic transcripts.  If you are experiencing difficulties due to COVID-19 conditions please contact us by either sending an email to or address them directly to the National Secretary for your constituency.  To find the contact information for your National Secretary, please go to our apply page and select your constituency: .

With best wishes,

Dr Elizabeth Kiss
CEO & Warden
The Rhodes Trust