Opportunity: The Rhodes Trust Scholarship

Type: Postgraduate

Location: United Kingdom

Who Can Apply: Candidates from Southern African countries (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, eSwatini)


The Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford

The Scholarships for these countries are administered from a regional secretariat based in Johannesburg.
There are:

  • four Scholarships every year for applicants from South Africa-at-Large,
  • one for applicants from KwaZulu-Natal,
  • one for an applicant from one of: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini, and
  • 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).

Opening date: 1 June 2021
Closing date: 23:59, SAST, 15 August 2021


Application Overview

Applications for the Rhodes Scholarship consist of multiple stages. Below are 7 steps to guide you through the process.

Eligibility: The broad eligibility criteria of the Rhodes Scholarship; definitive eligibility criteria are listed in the relevant Information for Candidates document for your country/region.

Information for Candidates

Which scholarships

Choice of Course: Some key considerations when choosing the right course for you at Oxford University.

courses covered by the scholarship

choice of Oxford course

conditions of tenure

Personal Statement: Tips and advice on how to express yourself in your personal statement. More information can be found in the below links

Information for candidates

Reference Letters: How to choose suitable referees for your Rhodes Scholarship application

information for candidates

referee guidance

Checking and Gathering Documents: Make sure you know which documents are required in order to complete and submit your application

information for candidates

For more details on Application Go Here


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