Rhodes Trust Scholarships for Southern Africa 2024

About Rhodes Trust

The Rhodes Trust is a trust that works for the development of the educational sector. Rhodes House is a part of the Oxford Campus in England and was built as a memorial to Cecil Rhodes who was a major benefactor and an alumnus of the university. The purpose of trust is to provide an opportunity for people who can act for their betterment and are willing to bring a change in how things work.

Rhodes Trust Scholarships for Southern Africa 2024

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate scholarship that offers students to study at Oxford University, in the UK.

The purpose of the scholarship is to bring people from around the world and provide an exciting opportunity for young people to pursue their studies at the University of Oxford.

The scholarship provides the following benefits:

  • Cost of tuition.
  • A stipend of £1,442.50 per month.
  • Living expenses.
  • Cost of student visa.
  • Health services charge.
  • Two economy flights at the beginning and end of the course.
  • The recipient of the scholarship will also receive an allowance for settlement on arrival in Oxford.
  • The recipients who will be transitioning to another course will receive an allowance for covering the fees of visa renewal and for IHS application.

You can read the complete terms of the tenure of the scholarship here. It consists of details of which courses can be combined and the number of years the scholarship covers.

Interested candidates can check the available courses here.

A fixed number of scholarships are available in each constituency:

    • Australia (9 Scholarships)
    • Bermuda (1 Scholarship)
    • Canada (11 Scholarships)
    • China (4 Scholarships)
    • Commonwealth Caribbean (1 Scholarship)
    • Covering Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, St Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, and, the Turks and Caicos Islands
    • East Africa (1 Scholarship)
    • Covering Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi
    • Germany (2 Scholarships)
    • Global (2 Scholarships)
    • Hong Kong SAR (2 Scholarships)
    • India (5 Scholarships)
    • Israel (2 Scholarships)
    • Jamaica (1 Scholarship)
    • Kenya (2 Scholarships)
    • Malaysia (1 Scholarship)
    • New Zealand (3 Scholarships)
    • Pakistan (1 Scholarship)
    • Saudi Arabia (2 Scholarships)
    • Singapore (1 Scholarship)
    • Southern Africa (10 Scholarships)
    • Covering South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini
    • Syria Jordan Lebanon and Palestine SJLP (2 Scholarships)
    • United Arab Emirates (2 Scholarships)
    • United States (32 Scholarships)
    • Covering the 50 states of the US, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
    • West Africa (2 Scholarships)
    • Covering Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo
    • Zambia (2 Scholarships)
    • Zimbabwe (2 Scholarships)
    • Even if your country is not on the list, you might be able to apply via Global constituency. Click here for the details regarding the application process.

Eligibility Criteria For The Scholarship

The Rhodes scholarship does not have a specific eligibility criterion.

  • The candidate must be between 18 to 24 years old. It may vary with constituencies. Please refer to the Information for Candidates to ensure that you have complete information that you need to apply.
  • The candidate must be academically excellent.
  • The candidate must have or be about to complete an undergraduate degree.
  • Candidates cannot apply more than once a year for the scholarship.
  • The candidate cannot accept another scholarship without informing/consulting the Registrar of Rhodes Trust in Oxford.

Candidates can also check their eligibility through the official site of Rhodes trust. The criteria vary with the country one is applying from. Click here to check eligibility.

How to Apply For The Scholarship?

After checking the eligibility, the candidate can apply to their choice of course at Oxford University along with a personal statement and reference letters.

Applications can be done also online at Rhodes Trust Scholarship Application 2024

Applications will be required to Register an Account before they can log in and apply.

Candidates should read the Rhodes Trust Scholarship Information for Candidates (.pdf) before applying.

The results are decided based on the last stage, the final interview.

Note: There is a social engagement programme organised before the final interview where the candidates can interact with panellists, former scholars and fellow applicants.

Candidates can go through the series of videos given on the official website to gain guidance for application. Click here to see the videos.

The candidates who have applied in the past but were unsuccessful are only given one more chance to reapply.

Documents Required

All the documents which will be asked with the application must be submitted. They will include certified copies of documents like:

  • A certified copy of your birth certificate
  • A certified copy of your ID document or passport
  • Proof of citizenship, legal permanent residency or refugee status (if not born in one of the above countries)
  • Official full academic transcript from the institution you are studying or have studied at (copy)
  • A certified copy of your degree certificates
  • A certified copy of your matric/ school leaving certificate
  • Full Curriculum Vitae (CV) (including 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 (maximum 2 A4 pages, 12pt font size)
  • Photograph (head-and-shoulders colour, in jpg format)
  • Personal statement (maximum 750 words) (see the “Rhodes Trust Scholarship Information for Candidates” document above, page 5, for further information)
  • Academic statement of study (maximum 350 words) (see the “Rhodes Trust Scholarship Information for Candidates” document above, page 5 and 6, for further information)
  • 4 referees (read the Rhodes Trust Scholarship Guidance for Referees (.pdf) and see the “Rhodes Trust Scholarship Information for Candidates” document above, page 6 and 7, for further information)

Closing Date of The Scholarship

The application deadline is 1 August 2023. Candidates must apply before the deadline, if interested.

Contact Details

Candidates can ask their queries through email: scholarship.queries@rhodehouse.ox.ac.uk

Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/

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