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Rhodes Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions

  • A Rhodes Scholarship covers: All University and College fees; the University application fee; a living stipend (£16,218 per annum 2020-21); one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship and one economy flight back to the student's home country at the conclusion of the scholarship. 

  • A constituency is a country, a group of countries, and/or territories, and/or states for the purposes of administering scholarships. The list of Rhodes constituencies and the countries they cover (where relevant) can be found here.

  • You can see the range of courses offered by Oxford University here and most are covered by the Rhodes Scholarship. However, there are some exceptions and so you should also refer to the Rhodes Conditions of Tenure documents to ensure that your chosen course would be covered by the Scholarship (e.g. it must be a full-time degree).

  • If your country is not included in our list of constituencies, you may still be able to apply for the Global Rhodes Scholarship. To find out more please choose ‘Global’ from the dropdown menu on our Apply page.

  • We regret that this is not possible. The age limit, as set in the selecting country, is absolute.
  • Tenure of other awards in conjunction with a Rhodes Scholarship is not permitted without prior consultation with the Registrar of the Rhodes Trust in Oxford.
  • Scholars come into residence in Oxford in late September of the year following their selection.
  • You may only submit one application in a single year. However, if you are unsuccessful in your first application to the Rhodes Scholarships, you may subsequently re-apply once more (and this must be in the same constituency), subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

  • Selection committees are made up of Rhodes Scholars and community leaders from diverse backgrounds. The interview is of core importance as it is here that selection committees have the opportunity to weigh up a candidate's depth of engagement, accomplishments, and aspirations. In posing their questions, committee members initiate discussion that will help them ascertain who best represents the potential we are looking for. Proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard is the first quality required of Scholars, but they are also required to show exceptional character, leadership in extra-curricular activities, and a commitment to service in the public good. The interview will therefore be wide-ranging in nature, designed to test candidates' intellectual skills and reasoning ability, but also to reveal their character, core commitments, and potential to make a positive contribution to society.
  • Yes. Applicants should bear in mind, however, that the Scholarship stipend is sufficient only for one person, and that the Trust takes no financial responsibility for the support of a Scholar's spouse. Rhodes House, Oxford, warmly welcomes the partners of Rhodes Scholars, who are invited to Rhodes events.
  • Rhodes Scholars are designated by their constituency, Oxford college, and year for which they were elected. For example, 'Dr Susan Rice (Maryland/DC & New College 1986)' indicates that Dr Rice (former United States National Security Advisor) was elected as the Rhodes Scholar for Maryland/DC for 1986 and became a member of New College, Oxford, in that year.