Rhodes Scholarship

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Rhodes Scholarship, a fully-funded program, is intended for international students beginning PG programs at the University of Oxford. Recipients are provided with the scholarship for the duration of the Oxford postgraduate program.

  • Every year, the university awards 100 Rhodes Scholarships to students coming to study in the UK for the first time.
  • Separate scholarship application form has to be completed on the official website of Rhodes Trust.
  • Selections are based on academic performance, personal statement, and performance in the interview.
  • The Rhodes Scholarship application deadline for the year 2020 is June 1, 2020.

Rhodes Scholarship will cover the recipient’s tuition fee, travel expense (2 economy class tickets), health insurance, and accommodation expenses to stay in the UK. Furthermore, recipients will get a monthly stipend. For the academic year 2019/20, the stipend offered will be GBP 15,900 per annum i.e, GBP 1,325 per month.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit-Based, College-Specific
Offered byTrust
OrganizationRhodes Trust
Application DeadlinePassed
No. of Scholarships100
Amount$20,883
RenewabilityYes, Yearly
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Linkhttps://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply/india

Eligibility Criteria

To secure benefits of the Rhodes Scholarship, applicants must be admitted at the University of Oxford. Apart from that, applicants must fulfill the eligibility requirements listed below:

  • Nationality: Citizen of a Rhodes eligible country such as India, Australia, Germany, Singapore, etc.
  • Education: Completed education from your home country for at least 4 years in the last 10 years.
    • For example, Indian applicants could have completed their 10/12th standard and/or UG program at an Indian university.
  • Age: Between the age group of 19 to 25 years, at the time of the scholarship application.
  • Academic Achievement: Completed or will complete the UG degree with first class.

Candidates fulfilling these eligibility requirements will be considered for the Rhodes Scholarship India, Australia, etc.


Application Process

Eligible students who want to receive a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, one of the top-ranking universities in the UK, have to apply online. The application process for the same is mentioned below:

  • Register and Create an account on the website of Rhodes Trust.
  • Complete the Rhodes Scholarship Application form
  • Submit personal details along with the list of required documents.
  • Submit the application package before the deadline, that is, June 1, 2020

Student Supporting Documentation for Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarship applications should be submitted along with documents listed below:

  • Personal statement of 1000 words focusing on why an applicant deserves the scholarship.
  • Academic Transcripts from previous Institution (English translations, if required)
  • Letters of Recommendation (list of referees along with relevant details)
  • Valid Indian Passport
  • Updated Resume (not more than 2 pages)
  • A valid photograph of the candidate in jpg format.
  • IELTS or TOEFL score

Note: Submit the application along with all the supporting documents before the Rhodes Scholarship application deadline.


Selection Process

The Rhodes Scholarship selection committee will evaluate the scholarship application form and student supporting documents (including attempted exams to study in the UK) of each applicant. The selections are mainly based on the interview sessions. These will take place in different parts:

Part I 

The panel invites shortlisted candidates for two sessions which are conducted in a single day in Delhi.

  • Session 1: Preliminary Session
  • Session 2: Personal Interview

Each candidate is required to attend both sessions. The committee will shortlist candidates and invite them for the next half of the Rhodes Scholarship selection process.

Part II

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to social engagement and a final interview will be conducted by the committee. After this, the committee will make the final decision.

Recipients will be informed of their selection via email. However, their Rhodes Scholarship will be confirmed only upon successful admission to the University of Oxford

Note: The candidate may be interviewed by video conference or telephone if not presented in India.


Grant Details

Through the Rhodes Scholarship program, the University of Oxford offers 100 scholarships for students across the world. The number of scholarships varies for each country/territory.

For an international students reference, we have tabulated below the number of scholarships for each country:

Country/TerritoryNumber of Scholarships
Australia9
Bermuda1
Canada11
China4
East Africa1
Germany2
Hong Kong Sar1
India5
Israel2
Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean2
Kenya2
Malaysia1
New Zealand3
Pakistan1
Saudi ArabiaUp to 2
Singapore1
Southern Africa10
Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine2
United Arab Emirates32
West Africa1
Zambia2
Zimbabwe2

Also, the Rhodes Scholarship will cover the admission application fee of Oxford University after the selection.

Rhodes Scholarship is an excellent source of financial support for international students who wish to study at the University of Oxford. Apart from this, no. of research grants are also available to Rhodes Scholars, on the application, which allows them to attend international conferences or conduct additional fieldwork.

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