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Study in UK: 2018 Rhodes Trust Postgraduate Scholarships at University Of Oxford

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2018 Rhodes Trust Postgraduate Scholarships at University Of Oxford. Interested students should see the details below.


Scholarship Description

The University of Oxford has announced the commencement of Rhodes Trust Scholarship. This opportunity is for African students individuals who wants to pursue a Postgraduate programme at the University Of Oxford, UK.

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award supporting exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

Application Deadline

  • Kenya: 31st August, 2017
  • Southern Africa (including Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland): 15th August, 2017
  • West Africa: 30th September 2017
  • Zambia: 31st October, 2017
  • Zimbabwe: 31st August, 2017

Scholarship Frequency

Offered annually

Eligible Countries

Eligible African Countries

Kenya, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), West African countries, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 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.

Host Institution/Country

University of Oxford, UK

Course Level


Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

Rhodes Selection Committees are looking for young persons of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service from 20 Rhodes constituencies (64 countries) worldwide.
The four criteria governing the selection of Rhodes Scholars are:

  • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship program, applicants must:

  • be citizens of the above mentioned countries
  • be between the ages of 18 – 24 years old
  • have completed a Bachelor’s degree before coming up to Oxford

Number of Scholarships

Up to 95 available scholarships

Scholarship Duration

Two years

How to Apply

The following are required during application:

  • vidence of academic record / transcript (complete or in progress) of undergraduate degree and any postgraduate study
  • Curriculum vitae/resumé or list of principal activities
  • Personal statement or essay (including, crucially, a clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford and why)
  • Evidence of age / birth certificate / passport
  • English Language proficiency (where English is not the first language)
  • Photograph
  • List of referees (usually several are required) who can attest in confidential references to the character and intellect of the applicant, including academic, personal, extra-curricular and leadership achievements (and who should never include people to whom you are related)

For detailed application requirements for each constituency, please visit the country pages via the country links.

Scholarship Webpage

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