The Rhodes Trust Scholarships are postgraduate awards that help excellent students from all across the world study at Oxford University.
Each year, more than 90 Rhodes Scholars are chosen from 20 Rhodes constituencies (64 countries) around the world to study for a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford. They are exceptional young women and men from a variety of backgrounds and interests who have demonstrated a great desire to serve as public-spirited leaders for the world’s future.
The Rhodes Scholarship is the world’s oldest (first awarded in 1902) and possibly most prestigious international scholarship program, allowing exceptional young people from all over the world to study at the University of Oxford.
About the provider:
The University of Oxford is the world’s second-oldest surviving university and the oldest in the English-speaking world. While the exact date of its inception is unknown, there is evidence that instruction began in 1096.
The university, which is located in and around Oxford’s medieval city center, has 44 colleges and halls, as well as over 100 libraries, making it the UK’s largest library system.
There are approximately 22,000 students in total, with little over half being undergraduates and over 40% being international, representing 140 countries.
Oxford, dubbed the “city of dreaming spires” by Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, has the youngest population of any English or Welsh city: about a quarter of its people are university students, giving Oxford a distinct bustle.
Over 250,000 people have graduated from Oxford, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Laureates, seven poet laureates, and more than 30 modern world leaders (Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Gandhi and 26 UK Prime Ministers, among them).
The university has produced 11 Nobel Laureates in chemistry, five in physics, and 16 in medicine. Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking, and Richard Dawkins are among the notable Oxford intellectuals and scientists.
Hugh Grant and Rosamund Pike, as well as Oscar Wilde, Graham Greene, Vikram Seth, and Philip Pullman, all attended Oxford.
Emo of Friesland, Oxford’s first international student, enrolled in 1190, and the present institution prides itself on having a ‘international spirit,’ with connections to practically every country in the world and 40 percent of its professors drawn from outside.
Oxford is a modern, research-driven university with many strengths, including being ranked number one in the world for medicine (its medical sciences division would be the fourth largest in the UK if it were a university in its own right) and being among the top ten universities in the world for life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Oxford
Host Institution(s): United Kingdom
Scholarship Worth: £15,900 per annum
Study Level: Masters (Postgraduate)
Nationality: Open to Some Specific African Countries (Check Below)
All University and College fees; the University application fee; a living stipend (£15,900 per annum 2019-20); a settling in allowance (£225 in 2019-20); health insurance, visa; and two economy class flights – to and from the UK – for the start and end of studies in Oxford are covered by a Rhodes Scholarship.
Rhodes Selection Criteria:
Young people of exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service are sought by Rhodes Selection Committees from 20 Rhodes constituencies (64 countries) around the world.
The following are the four criteria used to select Rhodes Scholars:
1. academic and literary achievements (academic excellence)
2, the desire to make the most of one’s abilities (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
3. sincerity, courage, commitment to duty, compassion for the protection of the poor, kindness, selflessness, and fellowship
4. moral strength of character and impulses to lead and care about one’s fellow human beings.
Eligibility for Scholarship
Who are the people who are eligible to apply? All applicants for Rhodes Scholarships must meet the following requirements:
Citizenship and residence requirements: You must be a citizen or resident of one of the following Rhodes Africa constituencies: Kenya, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, and Swaziland), West Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Age: You must be at least 18 years old and not older than 24 years old on October 1st of the year you apply. Depending on the local circumstances, there is some fluctuation in the upper age restriction across constituencies. Before applying, please double-check your constituency’s exact age restrictions. Following the selection process, successful candidates will arrive in Oxford in October. It is not possible to postpone the scholarship.
Education: Before going up to Oxford, Rhodes Scholars must have finished a Bachelor’s degree of sufficient quality to meet both the Rhodes and the Oxford standards. Please review the specific material provided by the constituency to which you are applying on our How to Apply for a Rhodes Scholarship page as well as the University of Oxford prospectus sites for more information. NB: Some constituencies demand that you complete your undergraduate degree the same year you apply for the Scholarship.
Eligible African Countries:
• East Africa: Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi
• West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo.
• Southern Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini),
• See Countries specific criteria
Other Countries: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, SJLP (including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine), United Arab Emirates, United States.
Please check the country sites via the country links for comprehensive application requirements for each constituency. The following resources, in various forms, will be required by all constituencies in broad terms:
1. Proof of an undergraduate degree and any postgraduate studies (completed or in progress) academic record / transcript
2. Curriculum vitae/resumé or a list of major accomplishments
3. Statement of purpose or essay (including, crucially, a clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford and why)
4. Proof of age, such as a birth certificate or a passport
5. English Language Proficiency (for those who do not speak English as a first language)
7. A list of referees (typically many) who may attest to the applicant’s character and intellect in confidential recommendations, including academic, personal, extracurricular, and leadership achievements (and who should never include people to whom you are related)
Number of scholarships: Up to 19 (99 Annual Scholarships Worldwide)
• East Africa: 1
• Kenya: 2
• West Africa: 2
• Southern Africa: The Scholarships for these countries are administered from a regional secretariat based in Johannesburg. There are:
o four Scholarships every year for applicants from South Africa-at-Large,
o one for applicants from KwaZulu-Natal,
o one for an applicant from one of: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini, and
o one each for applicants of or from Diocesan College, Rondebosch; South African College School, Newlands; Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch; and St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown (including their identified partner schools, which are listed here).
• Zambia: 2
• Zimbabwe: 2
The deadline for Rhodes Trust Scholarships 2022 for African Students to Study at University of Oxford, UK is
• East Africa: 31st August, 2022 (23:59 Eastern Africa Time)
• Kenya: 31st August, 2022 (23:59 Eastern Africa Time)
• Southern Africa: 15th August, 2022 (23:59, SAST)
• West Africa: 15th September 2022 (23:59 GMT)
• Zambia: 31st August, 2022 (23:59 Central Africa Time)
• Zimbabwe: 31st August, 2022 (23:59 Central Africa Time)