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The Scholarship provides funding for international students who are applying to study at the United Kingdom’s oldest and most prestigious academic institution: The University of Oxford. Scholarship recipients are considered outstanding students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in their respective fields and whose achievements have been recognised by academic experts internationally. These individuals are known as “Rhodes Scholars” – after Britain’s seventh Duke of Kent and adopted son of Queen Victoria.

Eligible Countries

 Students of the following countries can apply for these Rhodes scholarships. List of Countries: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, East Africa, Germany, Global Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica & The Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Southern Africa, (Inc. South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia And Swaziland) Syria, Jordan, Lebanon And Palestine, (Sjlp) United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Entrance Requirements: 

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

  • Citizenship & residency: You must meet the citizenship/residency requirements of one of the Rhodes constituencies – please refer to our full list of Rhodes constituencies and the countries they include. If you do not meet any of these requirements, then you can apply for our new Global Rhodes Scholarship.
  • Age: You must have reached your 18th birthday and not have passed your 24th birthday on 1 October in the year of application. There is some variation on the upper age limit across constituencies depending on the local environment. Please check carefully the specific age requirements for your constituency before applying. Successful candidates will arrive in Oxford the October following the selection process. The Scholarship may not be deferred.
  • Education: Rhodes Scholars must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before coming up to Oxford, to a sufficiently high standard to meet both the Rhodes and the Oxford criteria. Please consult the detailed information provided by the constituency to which you are applying on our How to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship page and the prospectus pages of the University of Oxford. NB Some constituencies require completion of your undergraduate degree in the year of application for the opportunity .
  • English Language Requirements: English language: You must have a sufficiently high standard of English to meet the English language proficiency requirements (at the Higher Level listed) of the University of Oxford. The university only accepts certain standardized tests, with results at or above the following scores:
TestStandard level scoresHigher-level scores
IELTS Academic
Institution code: 0713
7.0Minimum 6.5 per component7.5Minimum 7.0 per component
TOEFL iBT 
Institution code: 0490
100Minimum component scores:Listening: 22Reading: 24Speaking: 25Writing: 24110Minimum component scores:Listening: 22Reading: 24Speaking: 25Writing: 24
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)185Minimum 176 per component191Minimum 185 per component
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)185Minimum 176 per component191Minimum 185 per component

All of these tests are accepted for both admissions and visa purposes; they will not be required to provide additional evidence of their English language ability in their visa application. Whilst UKVI may accept lower minimum scores for visa purposes, the University still requires them to meet these minimum scores.

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How to Apply

Applications for Rhodes Scholarships open during the spring and summer of the preceding year. All candidates for the grant should read the information about the awards applicable globally and then proceed to their country-specific page.

The online application is not available for applicants to New Zealand. Please refer to the relevant country page: New Zealand. In broad terms, all constituencies will require the following materials in differing forms:

  • Evidence of academic record/transcript (complete or in progress) of an undergraduate degree and any postgraduate study
  • Curriculum vitae/resumé or list of principal activities
  • Personal statement or essay (including, crucially, a clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford and why)
  • Evidence of age / birth certificate / passport
  • English Language proficiency (where English is not the first language)
  • Photograph
  • List of referees (usually several are required) who can attest in confidential references to the character and intellect of the applicant, including academic, personal, extra-curricular and leadership achievements (and who should never include people to whom you are related)

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