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    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.
    • Rhodes Scholarship application will begin from June 1, 2021 and close on August 2, 2021.

    Rhodes Scholarship will cover the recipient’s tuition fee, travel expenses (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 2020/21, the stipend offered will be GBP 15,900 per annum i.e, GBP 1,325 per month.


    Scholarship TypeMerit-Based, College-Specific
    Offered byTrust
    OrganizationRhodes Trust
    Application Deadline Aug 02 ,2021
    No. of Scholarships100
    RenewabilityYes, Yearly
    International Students EligibleYes
    Scholarship Website Link

    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.

    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/Territory Number of Scholarships
    Australia 9
    Bermuda 1
    Canada 11
    China 4
    East Africa 1
    Germany 2
    Hong Kong Sar 1
    India 5
    Israel 2
    Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean 2
    Kenya 2
    Malaysia 1
    New Zealand 3
    Pakistan 1
    Saudi Arabia Up to 2
    Singapore 1
    Southern Africa 10
    Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine 2
    United Arab Emirates 32
    West Africa 1
    Zambia 2
    Zimbabwe 2

    The application process for the year 2020 is closed. The application form for the year 2021-22 will be available on the official Rhodes website from June 2021.  

    Rhodes Scholarship is an outstanding opportunity to study in the most prestigious and well-acclaimed Universities and showcase your intellects and talents to the world. Also, the Rhodes Scholarship will cover the admission application fee of Oxford University after the selection.

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