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Rhodes Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions

  • What costs does a Rhodes Scholarship cover?

    A Rhodes Scholarship covers: All University and College fees; the University application fee; a living stipend (£15,144 per annum 2018-19); 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. 

  • Am I allowed to accept other awards in conjunction with a Rhodes Scholarship?
    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.
  • What should I expect of the interview?
    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.
  • Can married students apply?
    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.
  • When does a Rhodes Scholarship commence?
    Scholars come into residence in Oxford in late September of the year following their selection.
  • My date of birth puts me just outside the age limit. May I still apply?
    We regret that this is not possible. The age limit, as set in the selecting country, is absolute.
  • How are Rhodes Scholars designated?
    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.