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The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting exceptional all-round students at the University of Oxford. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. Until recently, the Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded in 20 constituencies (representing over 60 different countries). Now the Rhodes Scholarships are fully global: two new Global Scholarships allow eligible candidates from the rest of the world.

Criteria

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

  • Citizenship & residency: Each applicant must fulfil the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes constituency for which they are applying
  • Age: On 1 October 2022, you must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1998 and on or before 1 October 2004)
  • Education: All applicants must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree by the October following election. Academic standing must be sufficiently high to ensure admission to the University of Oxford, which has very competitive entry requirements, and to give confidence that Rhodes Scholars will perform to a high academic standard in Oxford. Individual constituencies may specify a 1st or equivalent

Benefits

  • A BA with Senior Status (ie done over two years, rather than the normal three) : Scholars who read for a 2nd BA may not apply for the third year of Scholarship
  • A one-year taught Master’s course (MSc, MSt, BCL), followed in the second year by another one-year taught Master’s course (subject to successful completion of the first course) : Scholars who read two consecutive one-year Master’s courses may not apply for the third year of Scholarship
  • A one-year taught Master’s course (MSc, MSt, BCL) : Scholars who read for a one-year taught Master’s course may progress to DPhil, and subsequently apply for the third year of Scholarship, subject to the Notes below. This progression is not open to Scholars in the Maths, Physical & Life Sciences Division (see below)
  • A two-year MPhil or BPhil (or BCL/MPhil) : Scholars taking the MPhil/BPhil (or the two-year BCL/MPhil route) may apply for the third year of Scholarship to read for DPhil, subject to the Notes below.
  • A two-year MSc by research (or MLitt) : Scholars who read a two-year MSc by research may not apply for a the third year of Scholarship
  • A three-year DPhil: Scholars entering Oxford direct to DPhil follow the same application process for a third year, as described in the Notes below. Please note candidates for a DPhil within the Maths, Physical & Life
  • Sciences Division may not take the Master’s route to DPhil, and must apply to start the DPhil in their first year in Oxford

About University of Oxford

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Ranked number one in the world in the 2016 Times Higher Education World Rankings, Oxford is at the forefront of the full range of academic disciplines, including medical sciences; mathematical, physical and life sciences; humanities; and social sciences. As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford has long traditions of scholarship, but it is also forward-looking, creative and cutting-edge. Oxford is one of Europe's most entrepreneurial universities: Oxford ranks first in the UK for university spin-outs, with more than 130 companies created to date. Oxford is also recognised as leaders in support for social enterprise."