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Rhodes Global Scholarships - Information for Applicants

Our mission is to identify and develop leaders who will stand up for the world.

The Rhodes Scholarships are administered by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom. Until now, Scholarships have been awarded in 20 Rhodes constituencies (representing over 60 different countries) around the world. This year, over 100 Rhodes Scholarships will be on offer, and two new Global Scholarships allow eligible candidates from the rest of the world to be nominated by their University. The Selection Committee for the Rhodes Global Scholarship is looking for outstanding young leaders who are motivated to engage with global challenges and to promote international understanding and peace. In short, the Selection Committee seeks young people of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service, and who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as 'leaders for the world’s future'.


The following eligibility criteria apply to all applicants for the Rhodes Global Scholarships:

Citizenship & residency: Candidates who are eligible to apply from any of the existing Rhodes constituencies are not eligible for the Global Scholarship.  

Age: You must have reached your 18th birthday and not have passed your 24th birthday on 1 October in the year of application. Successful candidates will arrive in Oxford in late September of the year following the selection process. The Scholarship may not be deferred.

Education: Rhodes Scholars must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before coming up to Oxford, to a sufficiently high standard to meet both the Rhodes and the University of Oxford criteria. As a guideline, successful candidates should have achieved (or be on track to achieve) a 1st class or minimum 3.75/4.00 GPA or equivalent. Please consult the detailed information on the How to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship page and the course pages of the University of Oxford.


  1. Application for the Scholarship:

Applications for Rhodes Scholarships open during the summer of the year before entry to Oxford, for example Summer 2018 applications would be for entry to Oxford in 2019 (see Timeline, below).

All candidates for the Scholarship should read the information that applies universally to all Rhodes Scholarships under the following link:

  1. Choice of course at the University of Oxford:

Subject to limited restrictions, Rhodes Scholars may read for any full-time postgraduate degree (including the BA with senior status over two years) at the University of Oxford, see the detailed Conditions of Tenure.  The tenure of the Scholarship is two years, subject always to satisfactory academic performance and personal conduct. Subject to an application process, the Scholarship may be extended for a third year for those who take a recognised route to the DPhil (PhD). 

For the full listing of degrees offered by the University of Oxford, visit

Note to applicants: A Rhodes Scholarship is confirmed once a successful candidate has been offered a place at the University of Oxford.


30 June 2018                           Nominations deadline (Universities)

31 August 2018                       Application deadline (applicants)

October 2018                           Shortlisting and preliminary interviews

November 2018                       Final selection interviews at Rhodes House, Oxford

Early January 2019                  Deadline for applications to Oxford University

Late September 2019               Arrival in Oxford to commence studies


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Why has the Rhodes Global Scholarship been set up?

    Until now the Rhodes Scholarships has been open only to candidates from approximately 60 countries. This year the opportunity has been extended to the rest of the world, subject to eligibility and University nomination. 

  • Why choose Rhodes?

    The Rhodes Scholarship is a world-famous scholarship that opens up opportunities for Scholars before, after and during their time in Oxford. We offer a scholarship with a difference; not only covering the cost of at least two years study in Oxford (fees and stipend), but also providing character, service and leadership development programmes, a life-long fellowship with constant networking opportunities with Senior Scholars and, beyond that, a warm and inviting community within which most of our Scholars develop enduring friendships. In short, the Scholarship is a life-changing opportunity for exceptional young people with the potential to make a difference for good in the world.

  • How can I apply for the Rhodes Global Scholarship?

    Please read the information at

    You must be nominated by your University. Each University is limited to three nominations. If you are successfully nominated, you will then be invited by email to an online application process.

  • Am I eligible to apply for the Global Rhodes Scholarship?

    Please see the online information for candidates for the definitive eligibility criteria, including age, educational achievements, and nationality / residency. When it becomes available and is posted online later this year, please also read the detailed 'Information for Candidates' document.

  • What if I am eligible to apply in another Rhodes constituency?

    If you are eligible to apply in an existing Rhodes constituency, you must apply there. The Global Scholarship is only open to candidates who are ineligible to apply in any other Rhodes constituency.

  • What costs does a Rhodes Global Scholarship cover?

    A Rhodes Global Scholarship covers all University of Oxford fees, as well as the University application fee, and a personal stipend. In addition, 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 are covered.

  • If an individual is selected as a Rhodes Global Scholar, are they able to defer their entry to Oxford for a year or more while completing other commitments?

    No.  All individuals who are selected for the Scholarship must be able to begin their degree at Oxford University on a full-time basis in late September the year after they were selected.