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Rhodes Global Scholarships – Information for Nominating Institutions

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'.

Our mission is to identify and develop leaders to achieve public good. This is what the Rhodes Scholarships have done, with remarkable success, since their inception in 1903. 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, for the first time, the two new Global Scholarships will allow eligible candidates from the rest of the world to be nominated by their university.  In total over 100 Scholarships will be awarded for study at Oxford from October 2019.


15 May 2018                                     Nominations open (Universities)

31 July 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

Guidance for Nomination Nomination Form

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 60+ countries. This year the opportunity has been extended to the rest of the world, subject to eligibility and university nomination. 

  • What are the characteristics of an ideal Rhodes Global Scholar nominee? What type of person are you looking for?

    We are looking for young people who are outstanding in their chosen field, with the ambition and drive to be future leaders in society.  The selection criteria for nominees are:

    • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
    • energy to use one's talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
    • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
    • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings

    A Rhodes Scholarship is confirmed once a successful candidate has been offered a place at the University of Oxford. Please note that any student you nominate must have an outstanding academic record to reach the University of Oxford's admission criteria.

    The Rhodes Trust warmly welcomes applications from talented young people of diverse backgrounds. Selection for the Rhodes Scholarship is made without regard to marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social background, disability, caste or other irrelevant distinction.


  • How many nominations may each University submit?

    Each University may submit a maximum of three nominations.

  • What is the deadline for nominations?

    The deadline for nominations is the 31 July 2018.

  • What information needs to be provided in order to nominate an individual?

    The nomination form can be found here. The form must be filled out once per candidate, including a nomination letter from the institution. There is also Guidance for Nomination available, which should be read ahead of completing the nomination form. After receiving the nominations, we will send the nominees an email with an invitation to apply and details on how to access the application portal.

  • Which universities are eligible to make a nomination?

    In principle, any University may nominate a young person who fulfills the eligibility criteria. Please note that applicants must meet the entry requirements for their chosen course of graduate study at the University of Oxford, i.e. they must be academically excellent.

    Over the longer term we hope to expand our outreach to increase the number of Rhodes Global Scholarships.

  • What if a nominee is eligible to apply in another Rhodes constituency?

    If a candidate is eligible to apply in an existing Rhodes constituency or for inter-jurisdictional consideration (see the 'Which Scholarship' page for more details), they must apply there. The Global Scholarship is only open to candidates who are ineligible to apply in any other Rhodes constituency. 

  • What should I do if I have further questions?

For further information about the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships, please explore the Scholarships tabs above: