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Application Guidance

This page contains information to guide you through the application form.

  • Preparing Your Personal Statement

    The personal statement is your chance to tell your story in your own voice: Who are you? What matters to you? Why are you applying for the Rhodes Scholarship? What are you hoping to do in the world? What do you wish to study at Oxford and why.  Your academic transcript, your curriculum vitae and your reference letters will provide the substantive detail of your commitments and accomplishments, but this essay gives you the opportunity to cast the overarching narrative for the selection committee. You can see current Rhodes Scholars speaking about the personal statement here. Please note: You will be asked to sign a statement confirming that this essay is your own work and that no external help was given in its creation or editing. 

  • Identifying Referees

    You will need 4-8 referees depending on the country/region to which you are applying, at least 3 of which must be academics under whom you have studied at University. You must also have referees who can testify to your character and/or your involvement in extra-curricular/service or leadership activities. These referees should be persons who are able to comment critically on whether you fulfill the extra-curricular, non-academic requirements of the Scholarship and who can speak in detail to your character. A good referee is one who knows you well, rather than a well-known person who only knows you superficially. Your referees will not typically be personal friends, relations or contemporaries. Choose reliable people who are likely to respond to your request for a detailed reference, as their reports will be crucial to your application and insufficient references may disqualify your application. See the detailed Guidance for Referees on the appropriate country page.

  • Choosing a Course to Study at the University of Oxford

    The Rhodes Scholarship application form requires you to indicate which course you would choose to study at the University of Oxford should you win the scholarship. In considering your choice of course at Oxford, you should:a) Check the Rhodes Conditions of Tenure - 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), this in time can be converted to an Oxford MA b) Check the entry requirements for your chosen course at Oxford