The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and perhaps the best known of the postgraduate scholarships. An endowment bequeathed by Cecil J. Rhodes to established the Rhodes Scholarship Trust to bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. Every year, thirty-two U.S. citizens win Rhodes Scholarships. The Rhodes is a graduate scholarship for two years of study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars may pursue any full-time graduate course offered by the University, whether a taught Master's program or a research degree.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
Rhodes specified in his will the four standards by which applicants should be judged:
Literary and scholastic ability and attainments;
Truthfulness, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
The moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in, one’s fellow beings;
Physical vigor, energy. This used to be associated with sports, but the Rhodes Trust now has a broader interpretation of this standard.