Rhodes Scholarship- MBA

Awarded by : University of Oxford

Updated on Dec 09, 2022
Rashmi Shukla

University Research Analyst

Rhodes Scholarship- MBA

  • Applicable for

    University of Oxford in UK

  • Max scholarship per student

    Rs 87,79,150/-

  • No. of students to be awarded


  • Course Level

  • Intake year

    Sep 2023

  • Final application deadline

    22 Mar 2023

  • Type of scholarships


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Scholarship Overview

The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest scholarship programmes that allow outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. It is a fully funded and full-time postgraduate award. This scholarship covers Oxford University’s course fees and an annual stipend. For the 2021-22 academic year, the stipend is £17,310 per annum, from which scholars are required to pay all the living expenses, including accommodation. Upon arrival at Oxford University, the scholars receive a settling-in allowance. Those scholars who will go into the second course of study shall again receive assistance for covering the fee for visa renewal and further application for IHS.


In order to apply for Rhodes Scholarship for Oxford University, applicants must be citizens of India. They must also have an Indian passport or equivalent proof of citizenship. Note that the PIO or OCI cardholders do not fulfill the Indian citizenship criteria for this purpose. Apart from this, applicants must have done a formal study at an educational institute in India for a minimum of 4 out of the last 10 years. Also, they must have either completed a school leaving exam at an Indian school (10th or 12th or equivalent) or must be in the final year of, or have completed an undergraduate degree at an Indian university. The age criterion is also there for applicants, so go through it before applying.


Selection Criteria for Rhodes Scholarship for Oxford University

The selection for Rhodes Scholarship for Oxford University is done without giving any importance to the applicant’s gender, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, caste, social background or disability. Rhodes Scholarship is made for young people of outstanding intellect, leadership, character, and commitment to service. After the selection for Rhodes Scholarship for Oxford University, the Rhodes Trust shall cover the fee required to apply to study at the university. The trust shall also cover the fee for a student visa and the associated International Health Surcharge (IHS). Apart from these, two economy class flights at the beginning and end of studies in Oxford are also covered by the Rhodes Trust. Some of the constituencies included under the Rhodes Scholarship are Bermuda, Canada, Australia, China, India, Kenya, Germany, Pakistan, the United States, etc. Each year, a total of 5 Rhodes scholarships are available each year for India. It was in 1947 when the first Indian Rhodes Scholars took up residence at Oxford University. The tenure of the Rhodes Scholarship is two years, subject to satisfactory academic performance and personal conduct. Read: How to become a Rhodes Scholar


Life at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar

After being selected for Rhodes Scholarship for Oxford University, students will automatically become a part of a vibrant and unique international community of Rhodes Scholars. By being a member of the community, students will be exposed to varied thinking on different issues. Students will also have a Rhodes House where seminars and forums with world-leading experts and guests are held. Here, at the Rhodes House, there are study spaces, libraries, and social events where scholars can meet other fellow scholars. Also, at the Rhodes House, scholars also attend social events like Rhodes Ball and Coming Up Dinner. 

Applicable course, university and country

This scholarship is applicable for 15

This scholarship is applicable for the following courses in University of Oxford in UK

  • Any full-time postgraduate degree

Scholarship amount details

Max scholarship per student: Pound 88,750 => Rs 87,79,150

Conversion rate used: 1 Pound = Rs. 99.88 (last updated 16th March 2023)

Scholarship amount will be given: One Time

Scholarship amount can be used for

Type of Expense Indicates if scholarship can be used for this type of expense
Tuition & Fees Scholarship amount can be used for this
Living Expense Scholarship amount can be used for this
Accommodation ×Not covered in scholarship
Air Fare/Travel Expenses Scholarship amount can be used for this
Spouse/Child Care ×Not covered in scholarship
Health Cover ×Not covered in scholarship
Application ×Not covered in scholarship
Others ×Not covered in scholarship

  • The Rhodes Scholarship covers Oxford University course fees, as well as providing an annual stipend. For the 2021/22 academic year, the stipend is £17,310 per annum (£1,442.50 per month) from which Scholars pay all living expenses, including accommodation. Please note - this is not sufficient to cover partners or dependents

Student Awards

Number of students to be awarded: 5

  • Each year, there are five Scholarships available for India

Scholarship Eligibility

Special Restrictions

  • No Special Restriction applicable

Exams Details

Exam name Indicates if exam is required and cutoff (if any)
IELTS Required (minimum score 7.5)
GRE Required
GMAT Required
12 Required
UG Required (minimum score 60.0%)
Work Experience Required (minimum 2 years)
Interview Required


  • 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
  • Rhodes Criteria:
    • Applicant must be a citizen of India, holding an Indian passport, or equivalent proof of citizenship; PIO or OCI cardholders are not eligible
    • Applicant must have undertaken formal study at an educational institution in India for a minimum of 4 of the last 10 years, and have either (i) completed a school-leaving exam (10th or 12th standard) at a school in India, or (ii) have received, or be in the final year of, an undergraduate degree at a university in India
    • Interview: 
      • Longlisted candidates will be invited to attend a preliminary, personal interview at regional centers, which may include Bangalore and Delhi. Candidates not ordinarily resident in India may be interviewed preliminarily by video conference or telephone
      • Candidates selected from these preliminary interviews will be called for a final in-person interview, on a date in October or November 2021
      • Candidates must be available to attend the final interview, in person, as no accommodations can be made on the date and time of the interview. No candidate will be selected without an interview. The granting of an interview is entirely within the discretion of the Selection Committee. A domestic travel allowance for candidates invited for the final interview will be paid by the Rhodes Trust. International travel will not be reimbursed
  • University of Oxford Criteria:
    • IELTS: 7.5 with a min score of 7.0 in each component
    • GMAT/ GRE: 
      • Candidates are recommended to apply with a GMAT score of 650 or above
      • Recommended score for Sub-sections Verbal score of 160 and Quantitative score of 161
    • Work Experience: Applicants should have at least two years of previous full-time work experience
    • Interview: It is part of both the admission and scholarship process
    • Applicants with a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months, at a recognized institution, where the medium of instruction and assessment was entirely in English can be exempted from the English proficiency exam at the discretion of the University

Eligible student nationality

This scholarship is applicable for students from India

Application Process for this scholarship

Application Documents

Type of documents Indicates if this type of document is required to be submitted
LOR Required
CV Required
Official transcripts Required

  • A birth certificate confirming that applicant meets the age criterion;
  • A copy of a valid passport (with translation, if necessary), confirming that the applicant meets the citizenship criteria
  • An official transcript from the university at which the applicant is studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved
  • Official transcripts from the 10th and 12th standard (or equivalent) school-leaving board examinations
  • If applicants are neither a graduate of a university in India nor in the final year of undergraduate study at a university in India, they must provide evidence of formal study at an educational institution in India for at least 4 of the last 10 years as of the date of application and completion of a school-leaving exam at a school in India (10th or 12th grade)
  • CV: It should include details about prizes, scholarships, positions of leadership, involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments. This should not exceed two A4 (12pt) pages in length
  • A head-and-shoulders color photograph (jpg format)
  • A signed personal statement of no more than 1,000 words:
    • Addresses applicants general interests and activities and what he/she plan to do with their life once they have completed their studies
    • Discusses applicant's aims and priorities and the contribution they had made and would like to make to their home country and the region
    • Indicates the course of study and degree they wish to follow at Oxford
    • Demonstrates that applicants are able to meet the requirements of the specific course they have chosen
  • LOR: Applicants will need to provide a list of six people (referees), who are willing to submit references on their behalf:
    • Provide email addresses of all the referees
    • At least three of the referees should be academics who had taught the candidate in undergraduate studies and who can comment in detail on  their academic ability and how well they think the candidate would fare at Oxford
    • Additional referees should testify to the applicant's character and/or his/ her involvement in extra-curricular/service or leadership activities. These referees should be teachers or other persons who are able to comment critically on whether the candidate fulfils the extra-curricular, non-academic requirements of the Scholarship and who can speak in detail to their character.
    • Referees must not be personal friends, relations, or contemporaries

Scholarship Application

This scholarship needs a separate external application.

Important Dates

Date Additional Details
Application final end date March 22, 2023
  • The Uni is  currently accepting applications for the Oxford MBA class of 2023-24, with the following stage deadlines:
    • Stage 1: Wednesday, 31 August 2022
    • Stage 2: Wednesday, 12 October 2022
    • Stage 3: Wednesday, 4 January 2023
    • Stage 4: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Interview Date April 12, 2023
  • Interview dates:

    • Stage 1: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
    • Stage 2: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
    • Stage 3: Wednesday, 27 January 2023
    • Stage 4: Wednesday, 12 April 2023
Other important dates May 17, 2023
  • Final decision

    • Stage 1: Wednesday, 26 October 2022
    • Stage 2: Wednesday, 07 December 2022
    • Stage 3: Wednesday, 08 March 2023
    • Stage 4: Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Please note that these dates could be in local country times and may not be IST (Indian standard time).

Contact email scholarship.queries@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk

Additional Information

  • Only one of the five available Scholarships (and, in exceptional cases, two) may be awarded to candidates who are pursuing, or have pursued, their undergraduate studies outside India
  • The scholarship is also available to the following countries: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), SJLP (including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine), United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • For these countries, no. of awards and eligibility may vary

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