Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africans at University of Oxford in UK 2021

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.


  • Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, or eSwatini. Applications from refugees/asylum seekers in South Africa will also be considered in this constituency.
  • 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.
  • Candidates must have completed their first undergraduate degree within the last 2 years, i.e. after 1 October 2020; and
    • may not have passed their 28th birthday on October 01, 2022 (which means they must have been born after October 01, 1994).
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How to Apply

Documents and details to be submitted for the Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africans should include

  • certified copy of your birth certificate.
  • A certified copy of a valid passport or ID document. For those candidates not born in one of the above countries, please also supply additional materials necessary to validate citizenship, legal permanent residency, or refugee status.
  • An official transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date). You should also upload certified copies of your degree certificates.
  • A certified copy of your school leaving certificate.
  • If English is not your first language, please also see the University’s English language requirements: http://www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/englishproficiency.
  • A full curriculum vitae should include details about academic qualifications, prizes, scholarships, 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).
  • An academic statement of study of no more than 750 words.
  • A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words.
  • You will need to provide a list of six people (your referees) who are willing to submit references on your behalf.
  • Please do not upload documents, certificates, testimonials, or links/URL’s other than those required.
  • All applications must be submitted online. No alternate method of application is accepted. There is no application fee for the submission of the Rhodes Scholarship application form.
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Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by 23:59 SAST, Sunday, August 15, 2021.


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