For the last 120 years, the Rhodes Trust (UK) has awarded Rhodes Scholarships for post-graduate study at Oxford University to high potential young leaders. Described as “a globally inclusive and thoughtful community of leaders”, Rhodes Scholarships are awarded annually to young graduates of outstanding intellect and character, with proven leadership abilities and a commitment to service, from across the world.
The Scholarships are inclusive: awards are made to holistic all-rounders and are based on talent and excellence – irrespective of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic circumstances, university attended or field of study.
Ten Rhodes Scholarships are awarded annually to graduates in the Southern African constituency (comprising South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini), wishing to pursue Masters or Doctoral studies at Oxford University in most disciplines/fields of study. Applications open each year on 01 June.
For detailed information on selection criteria and the region/selection committee to which you should apply, kindly visit the website: Southern Africa – Rhodes Trust (ox.ac.uk)
Master’s and PhD
Online applications for 2024 open on 01 June 2023 and close on 01 August 2023.
What is covered by the Rhodes Scholarship?
The Rhodes Scholarship fully covers two years of study and most of the graduate’s expenses in Oxford, including:
- Oxford University application fee and annual tuition fees;
- An annual stipend (to cover accommodation fees and living expenses in Oxford);
- One return air flight (SA-UK-SA) per scholarship;
- Financial assistance with Student Visa and health insurance costs for the duration of the scholarship;
- A settling in allowance;
- Superb wrap-around support and an in-house Character, Service and Leadership Programme.
The Trust does not provide financial assistance for undergraduate degrees; or to postgraduate students who are studying at other universities in the UK or elsewhere; or to students who have not gone through the formal selection process for the Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa.
Who can apply?
- Graduates in the selected Southern African constituency (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini), who meet the eligibility criteria (citizenship, residency, academic and age criteria).
Check your eligibility here:
Fields of Study Funded
Any postgraduate full-time course of study offered at Oxford University.
The Oxford academic year commences on 01 October annually. The process to be followed:
- You first apply for the Rhodes Scholarship (closing date 01 August);
- Selection is completed by mid-November and the awards are announced;
- If you are successful you then apply to Oxford University for your chosen course of study, commencing 01 October 2024.
- Applications for the Rhodes Scholarships can only be submitted using the online application system at: Check your eligibility and apply – Rhodes Trust (ox.ac.uk) .
- Applicants MUST submit the following documents with their online application:
- A copy of your birth certificate.
- A copy of a valid passport or ID document.
- An official academic transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date).
- A copy of your South African National Senior Certificate (NSC).
- Copies of your degree certificates.
- A full curriculum vitae which should include details about academic qualifications; prizes awarded or scholarship; positions of leadership; employment positions; involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities; and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments. This should not exceed two A4 (12pt font size) pages in length.
- A head-and-shoulders colour photograph (jpg format).
- A personal statement of no more than 750 words.
- An academic statement (as detailed in the Information Document).
- The names and contact details of four referees (as detailed in the Information Document for candidates).
Preparing to submit your application
To make sure that are as prepared as possible to start your application, you are encouraged to read the information on the Scholarships tab on the Rhodes House website, the Conditions of Tenure document, and the University of Oxford’s graduate admissions pages.