Global Rhodes

Global Rhodes Scholarship

Campus Deadline: 2021 deadline has passed; 2022 TBA 

The Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most competitive and prestigious awards, funds two or three years of post-bachelor study at the University of Oxford in Great Britain. The award covers educational and living expenses. Initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the scholarships bring outstanding students from nineteen countries and five continents to Oxford University. Two Global Rhodes Scholarships will be awarded during the 2021–2022 application cycle. University nomination is required. U.C. Berkeley may nominate up to three students. Global Rhodes applicants should make an individual advising appointment with Keila Diehl.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates from any country that is NOT an existing Rhodes jurisdiction. See list.
  • Must have a minimum 3.7 GPA
  • Earn a bachelor's degree before October of the year applying
  • On October 1, 2021, you must meet either of the below criteria: 1) You must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday OR 2) for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual: You must have a) not reached your 27th birthday AND b) have met or will meet the requirements for completion of your first degree on or after October 1, 2020 (subject to change).
  • 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.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee for the Global Rhodes 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."

Application Requirements

 A completed online campus application form and the following:

  • Personal statement (1,000 words)
  • Academic statement of study (750 words)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities and colleges you have attended
  • Five letters of recommendation (at least three must be from persons with whom the applicant has done academic work at a college or university)
  • Evidence of English proficiency

Global Rhodes applicants should make an individual advising appointment with Keila Diehl

Applications must be endorsed by UC Berkeley before they can be submitted to the Rhodes Trust. In the endorsement process, the campus selection committee reviews application materials and selects Berkeley's nominees.