Worth of award

  • The Rhodes Scholarship is for two years in the first instance.
  • The Rhodes Scholarship covers Oxford University (and College) fees as well as providing an annual stipend.
  • For the 2019/20 academic year, the stipend will be £15,900 per annum (£1,325 per month) from which Scholars pay all living expenses, including accommodation.


Rhodes Selection Committees are looking for young people of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.

The four criteria which governed the selection of Rhodes Scholars in 1902 are still the guiding criteria for the selection of Rhodes Scholars:

  • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence, e.g. First Class Honours or GPA of minimum 3.7 out of 4.0, or equivalent)
  • energy to use one’s talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.
  • Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia or eSwatini.
  • Education/residency: You must have resided for at least five years within the period of ten years immediately preceding your application in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia or eSwatini.
  • Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 25th birthday on 01 October 2021
  • For medical students and medical doctors, the age limit is extended by up to three years to allow them to complete internship and community service.
  • The intention is to:
    i. Avoid successful medical applicants having to postpone taking up the Scholarship;
    ii. Enable applicants to complete their medical internships (2 years) and community service (1 year) before going to Oxford and to take up the Scholarship before completing their post-internship medical residency. Therefore, for applicants who do not intend to complete community service before taking up the scholarship the age limit is only
    extended by the two years required to complete the internship. For applicants who apply for the scholarship before commencing internship the normal age limit in (c) above applies.
  • Given the very intense international competition for places at the University of Oxford, candidates (with the exception of those studying in South Africa and Namibia and, for some countries, those studying medicine) will have a greater chance of successful admission to Oxford if they have an Honours degree (or have taken an Honours year)
    from a University outside of their country or if they have studied to Masters level within their country. Please contact your National Secretary if you require further advice. Candidates may wish to consider applying to the Rhodes Trust’s sister Foundation, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, to pursue an Honour’s year or a Master’s degree prior to making an application for the Rhodes Scholarship.

How to Apply

  • In preparation for making your application, you should read carefully the general information for candidates on the Rhodes website, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship, and the graduate admissions pages of the University of Oxford.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a social engagement (a dinner) and a final interview. You must be available to attend both, in person, as no accommodations can be made on date and time, or mode, of these events.
  • Interviews will be held in the region to which you have applied, all interviews will have taken place by the end of November. The regional and school selection committees usually meet in October/November. The BLMNS selection committee will hold its interviews during November. The South Africa-at-Large selections are usually held
    on the last weekend of November. No candidate will be selected without an interview. Reasonable travel expenses to the nearest selection committee (and for those shortlisted by the KZN committee) for the purposes of interviews will be paid. The Trust will not be responsible for the cost of overseas travel. Accommodation within South Africa will, where necessary, be provided.
  • All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application.

Deadline: Applications for Southern Africa must be received by midnight, SAST, August 15, 2020


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