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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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Myth Number One

I’m not the “type” of person who wins a Rhodes Scholarship

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Myth Number Two

I have to be a genius to win a Rhodes Scholarship

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Myth Number Three

I have to be Sporty

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Myth Number Four

I need to have a precise and confident plan for my future

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Myth Number Five

The Rhodes Scholarship is elitist

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Myth Number Six

The Rhodes Scholarships aren’t for people from my Uni