The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.
The Selection Criteria
There is no such thing as a 'type' when considering who gets selected for a Scholarship. In fact the strength of the Scholarship comes from its diversity.
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Selection criteria for the Scholarship
The criteria which determined the first Rhodes Scholars in 1902 still guide us today:
- 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.
The detailed eligibility criteria varies slightly depending on which constituency you are applying for. You can use our eligibility checker tool to find out if you meet the criteria and are eligible to apply for the Scholarship.
Am I the right 'type' of person for this Scholarship?
A welcoming and inclusive Scholar community
There is no such thing as a 'type' when considering who gets selected for a Rhodes Scholarship. Rhodes Scholars come from all backgrounds and we welcome applications from talented young persons of diverse backgrounds. Selection is made without regard to gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, social background, caste, or disability.
We are looking for young people of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.