The Rhodes Scholarships, the preeminent and oldest global scholarships programme in the world, are for post-graduate, full-time studies at Oxford University in the UK. Online applications are invited from outstanding young graduates who excel academically; demonstrate leadership skills and are committed to making a difference in the broader community, both locally and internationally.

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.

For detailed information on selection criteria and the region/selection committee to which you should apply, kindly visit The Rhodes Scholarship (

Degree level

Master’s and PhD


Applications for 2023 open on 01 June 2022 and close on 01 August 2022.

What is included in the scholarship?

The Rhodes Scholarship fully covers two years of study and most of the graduate’s expenses in Oxford, including:

  • Oxford University tuition fees;
  • An annual stipend (to cover accommodation fees and living expenses);
  • 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?

 Fields of Study

Any postgraduate full-time studies at Oxford University.

Application process

Applications for the Rhodes Scholarships can only be submitted using the online application system at

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 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.
  • Details of any employment or enterprise you have undertaken during your studies or thereafter.
  • A full curriculum vitae which 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).
  • A personal statement of no more than 750 words.
  • An academic statement (as detailed in the Information Document)

Candidates are strongly encouraged to read the general information on the Rhodes website, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship and the graduate admissions pages of the University of Oxford: before applying.


For further information on selection criteria and the region/selection committee to which you should apply about the Rhodes scholarship, please visit

For more information about the scholarship, kindly send an email to Ms Bev Johnson, Regional Manager: Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa via E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: +27 (0)74 054 4300.

Documents and links

An explanation of the types of graduate degrees at Oxford University

Rhodes House Website

Guidance on completing your application

Conditions of Tenure

Data protection statement

Rhodes constituencies list


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.