Fellowships & Scholarships
Rhodes Global Scholarship
  • Northeastern: 07/02/2023
  • Fellowship: 08/01/2023

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying for this fellowship, please fill out a preliminary questionnaire. You may contact the office with any questions.

Award Details

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The Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and perhaps most prestigious of the international fellowships, was initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes, an industrialist and imperialist, in 1902. Rhodes “dreamed of improving the world” by bringing together scholars from around the globe at Oxford to study. Improved by their education and exposure to one another, these scholars would return to their communities, ready to fight the good fight.

Rhodes Scholarships are available for citizens of many countries around the world, including the United States. Students who are eligible to apply through their country of citizenship or permanent residence should do so. The Rhodes Global Scholarship is only for students who are not eligible to apply through any other jurisdiction.

The Selection Committee for the Rhodes Global Scholarship is looking for outstanding young leaders who are motivated to engage with global challenges and to promote international understanding and peace. In short, the Selection Committee seeks young people of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service, and who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as "leaders for the world’s future."

You MUST receive prior nomination by Northeastern in order to apply for this scholarship. Contact URF@Northeastern.edu to schedule an appointment to discuss the application process.

Abroad Award
Needs Institutional Endorsement
US Citizenship Required
Minimum GPA: 3.7

Nationality/citizenship: Eligibility to any other Rhodes Scholarship renders you ineligible to apply for a Global Scholarship, i.e., if you are eligible to apply via any existing Rhodes Constituency, you must apply there.


Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 25th birthday on 1 October 2019, which means you must have been born after 30 September 1994 and on or before 1 October 2000.


Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2019) an undergraduate degree with a First Class or minimum GPA minimum 3.75 (or equivalent) . Please note carefully the requirements for your chosen course at Oxford, which may be higher still.


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.

Northeastern University Endorsement.

The Rhodes trust seeks candidates who demonstrate:

  • academic excellence (e.g. First Class Honours or GPA of minimum 3.7 out of 4.0, or equivalent). Further details on the academic requirements can be found under ‘Eligibility Criteria’ below
  • energy to use your talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved) • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in your fellow human beings.

Selection Committees for the Scholarships are looking for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.

Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.

Interested students should contact Undergraduate Research and Fellowships to schedule a meeting discussing their application.

To apply to the Rhodes Scholarship, you will need to submit the following documents by the internal deadline. All of these materials, excluding the letters of recommendation, should be submitted electronically through Northeastern’s application portal in time for the internal deadline. Please be sure to include the YOUR NAME and THE FELLOWSHIP YOU ARE APPLYING TO in the subject line of any e-mails.

  1. You must submit a completed application form on-line with the documents and information detailed below. All documents must be submitted in English, or with English translations included. Please note that, if you are invited to interview, you will be asked to bring the originals of all documents with you. The application becomes available when you register on the Rhodes site. DO NOT submit your application through the Rhodes site electronically for the internal deadline. Once your application is complete, but before it has been submitted electronically, save it as a PDF and submit it.
  2. You should upload copies of official documents to further outline your geographical background and to prove that you meet the age requirements e.g. birth certificate, National Registration Card (NRC), passport etc.
  3. A personal statement not exceeding 750 words. Your personal statement should be entirely your own work, with no assistance received. Through the online application form you will be asked to verify and sign that the entered / uploaded personal statement is your own work and that no external help was given in its creation or editing. In your personal statement of 750 words, address each of the following prompts by weaving them into your statement (the word allocation across the three is up to you):
    1. Which Rhodes Scholar quality do you display most strongly, and how are different contexts and people helping you to develop the other qualities?
    2. What would you like to learn from and contribute to the Rhodes community in Oxford?
    3. From your place in the world, how will you use your energy and talents to address humanity’s pressing challenges?
  4. You will need to write an academic statement of no more than 350 words.
  5. An official Northeastern University Transcript and any transcripts from other institutions you have attended.
  6. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (see the Eligibility Criteria above). You should upload a copy of a standardised English test that is recognised by the University of Oxford (e.g. TOEFL / IELTS) along with the test’s marking scheme. Alternatively, you can upload a letter requesting a waiver to this requirement if you meet the University of Oxford’s criteria for a waiver: www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/englishproficiency.
  7. A full curriculum vitae which should include details about academic qualifications, prizes, scholarships, positions of leadership, employment positions, involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments. Please do not include a photograph in your CV.
  8. A head-and-shoulders colour photograph (jpg format). Please note your photo will not be available to the selection committee until after final shortlisting decisions have been made.
  9. Four letters of recommendation. At least three of your referees should be academics who have taught you in your undergraduate (or, if relevant, postgraduate) studies and who can comment in detail on your academic ability and how well they think you would fare at Oxford. Contact Undergraduate Research and Fellowships for a Request for Reference form to send your recommenders. It is important that applicants DO NOT register recommenders online.  Once you register your referees on the online application, you will not be able to change your recommenders nor will your referees be able to make any changes to their letters for the national deadlines.

Please note that successful applicants will need to apply to the University of Oxford very soon after selection. Full details will be given upon selection. The full application of successful candidates will be accessible to Rhodes House, Oxford, where the Scholarship references can, in many cases, be re-used as appropriate in support of the successful candidate’s subsequent application to the University of Oxford.

Interested? Have Questions?

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in a fellowship or opportunity, please fill out a preliminary questionnaire. Contact the office with any questions: