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Rhodes House in Oxford, designed by Sir Herbert Baker

The Rhodes Scholarship, named for Cecil John Rhodes, is an international postgraduate award for selected foreign students to study at the University of Oxford.<ref>Rhodes Trust (2009) The Rhodes Scholarships, www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 26 December 2009.</ref> It describes itself as "perhaps the most prestigious scholarship" <ref>http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/rhodesscholarship/about-the-rhodes-scholarships</ref> in the world and is widely considered the "world's most prestigious scholarship" by many public sources such as Time,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Yale University Press,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The McGill Reporter,<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> and Associated Press.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Established in 1902, it was the first large-scale programme of international scholarships,<ref>The American Rhodes Scholarships: A Review of the First Forty Years, Review author[s]: Harvie Branscomb, The American Historical Review © 1947 American Historical Association</ref> inspiring the creation of other programs such as the Harkness Fellowship and Kennedy Scholarship for British nationals, the Marshall Scholarship for Americans, and more recently the Newton Fellowship arranged by the British National Academies.

Cecil Rhodes' goals in creating the Rhodes Scholarships were to promote civic-minded leadership amongst young people with (in the words of his 1899 Will) "moral force of character and instincts to lead", and (as he wrote in a 1901 codicil to his Will) to help "render war impossible" through promoting understanding between the great powers.<ref>See, e.g., 'To "render war impossible": the Rhodes Scholarships, educational relations between countries, and peace' in Donald Markwell, "Instincts to Lead: On Leadership, Peace, and Education (2013).</ref>

Rhodes Scholars may study any full-time postgraduate course offered by the university,<ref>Periodically the Rhodes Trustees include or exclude the MBA from the courses offered.</ref> whether a taught master's programme, a research degree, or a second undergraduate degree (senior status). In the first instance, the scholarship is awarded for two years. However, it may also be held for one year or three years. Applications for a third year are considered during the course of the second year.

University and college fees are paid by the Rhodes Trust. In addition, scholars receive a monthly maintenance stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=pressrelease |type=Press release }}</ref> Although all scholars become affiliated with a residential college while at Oxford, they also enjoy access to Rhodes House, an early 20th-century mansion with numerous public rooms, gardens, a library, study areas, and other facilities.


Rhodes Scholarship sections
Intro   History    Selection    Allocations    Notable Scholars and Career Trajectories    See also    References    Further reading   External links   

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