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Rhodes Scholarship 2023: Applications are still open


Do you have what it takes to earn one of the most recognizable and illustrious awards for students? The Rhodes Scholarship is once again open to students around the world for the 2023 selection, and there is still time to apply based on your background.

First awarded in 1902, the award is the oldest international postgraduate scholarship scheme which enables students from a variety of fields of study to pursue their education at the University of Oxford in the UK. More than a century since its inception, the scholarship has seen increased diversity across races and genders, following years of criticism and controversy due to its racist origins.

The new generation of scholars reflects a shadow shift from its colonialist heritage. The class of 2022 alone consists of 104 students from 41 countries, including 57 women, 41 men and one non-binary scholar who will begin their studies in the fall of this year.

Graduate and recipient of the 2022 Rhodes Scholarship Sarah Skinner (standing, left) is congratulated by US President Joe Biden during the US Naval Academy class of 2022 graduation. Skinner will pursue a Master of Philosophy in International Relations at Oxford. Source: Mandel Ngan/AFP

The Rhodes Scholarship: who is eligible to apply?

Being named a Rhodes Scholar is no small feat, and it’s a title that will stay with you forever. Some of the world’s most distinguished leaders and changemakers are Rhodes alumni, including famed astronomer Edwin Hubble, physician and best-selling author Atul Gawande, and former US President Bill Clinton.

Naturally, a very selective price requires excellence on all fronts. Good grades are only a fraction of the equation. The true caliber of a Rhodes Scholarship recipient is also measured by their good character, leadership qualities, and distinct positive impact in their community.

You will need to be from a country that accepts Rhodes Scholars. Each country or constituency has its own list of requirements to qualify as a candidate. The age range tends to be between 18 and 27, although this also differs depending on where you are applying from. Most importantly, you must have completed your undergraduate studies or be eligible for a degree by the time you enter Oxford.

The application stage is rigorous and demanding, but don’t let the prestigious nature of the scholarship deter you from trying your luck. You can go to the official website to read the selection criteria for your country and learn some common myths about the award to help demystify the application process.

Rhodes Scholars will have up to three years of their postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford fully covered, including living expenses. Source: Ben Stansall/AFP

Rhodes Scholarship 2023: Application Deadlines by Country

It is important to check your application requirements and closing dates directly from the source. Note that the number of scholarships awarded is limited depending on the country or constituency.

Some countries like the United States and Canada are awarded a high number of scholarships each year, while others are grouped under a constituency or region, with only one or two scholarships available. If you hold more than one citizenship, you may want to consider this in your application given the competition you face.

Below are several impending deadlines for the 2023 Rhodes Scholarship cohort, all ending at 11:59 p.m. local time:

India: With five scholarships up for grabs, Indian students have until August 1, 2022 to submit their documents online.

Pakistan: Only one award is given annually to Pakistani students and the closing date for applications is on August 1, 2022.

South Africa: 10 places are reserved each year for students from this constituency, but the numbers vary in each region. Application ends August 1, 2022.

East Africa: One award is available for students from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi. The application will end on August 31, 2022.

Kenya: Two scholarships are awarded each year and the last day to apply is August 31, 2022. Kenyan students are not eligible to apply in the East African constituency.

West Africa: Two Rhodes Scholarships are available each year for students from the region, which includes Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana and Senegal. The last day to apply is September 15, 2022.

Global: This category is for students from the rest of the world who cannot apply through other constituencies and are subject to nomination. You will need to have your eligibility for the Global Scholarship confirmed by a member of the Rhodes House team. Two scholarships are reserved and students have until August 1, 2022 (23:59 GMT) to apply.

For a full list of country closing dates and application requirements, click here.