Rhodes scholarships

Rhodes scholarships

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Applications for the 2018 scholarships are now open and close 14 September 2017.

Each year one candidate is selected for the prestigious Rhodes scholarship from each state, with another three 'Australia-at-Large' Rhodes scholars who may be selected from anywhere in the country.

You will be supported in full-time study at the University of Oxford, where you can choose from a wide variety of courses. The scholarship is usually awarded for two years, but may be extended to three for some degrees.

The scholarship will provide funding for:

  • all university and college fees
  • the university application fee
  • a personal stipend for living expenses
  • private health insurance
  • one economy class airfare to the UK at the start of the scholarship, and one economy fare for the flight back home at the end of the scholarship.

You will also have the opportunity to be part of the exclusive Rhodes community in Oxford and attend:

  • events that develop your leadership, problem-solving and public speaking skills
  • presentations from leading international speakers in politics, academia and commerce
  • weekly discussions and debates on global challenges
  • internships with a wide range of organisations.


Scholars are selected on the basis of their exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service. To be eligible to apply you must:

  • be an Australian citizen and have lived in Australia for at least two of the last 10 years
  • be at least 19 years of age but younger than 26 at 1 October in the year you would start at Oxford
  • have completed at least two years of secondary schooling in Australia
  • have completed an honours or masters degree (or international equivalent) by 15 June 2018, achieving first-class honours (or an equivalent mark of distinction for the masters degree).

Note: you cannot apply if you have previously applied for a Rhodes scholarship two or more times.

Read Should I apply for an Australian Rhodes Scholarship? for advice on making sure you consider all aspects of your talents, achievements and interests that might be relevant in your application.

Apart from first-class honours, there is no particular list of academic qualifications or personal or professional achievements that you need to be a Rhodes Scholar.

The selection panel are looking for demonstration of:

  • literary and scholastic attainments
  • energy to use one's talents to the full
  • 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 an interest in one's fellow beings.

The panel are guided by the terms of Cecil Rhodes's will, which established the scholarships in 1902.

How to apply

You should apply in the state where you completed or will complete your highest degree, or where you attended secondary school for at least two years.

For full eligibility and application requirements, and how to apply read information for Australian applicants.

Important note: if you are intending to apply, you must first contact the Honorary Secretary to the New South Wales Selection Committee, Professor Tyrone Carlin at registrar.office@sydney.edu.au

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