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Deadline: 15 August 2021

The Rhodes Scholarships are targeted at young graduates, aged between 19-25 years (with a special accommodation made for MBChB/ MBBCh graduates); graduates who are academically talented, display proven leadership skills and a commitment to making a difference in their own community and beyond. The scholarships fund post-graduate degrees (Masters and Doctorates) at Oxford University, which is ranked consistently as one of the top universities in the world and offers magnificent opportunities for post-graduate research and studies. Entrance to Oxford is highly competitive, hence the scholarships are aimed at academic high-achievers, who show moral courage and character, empathy, and a commitment and desire to impact positively on the world.


The Rhodes Scholarships are open to graduates from universities across South Africa; are inclusive and generous, covering most of the graduate’s expenses in Oxford (including university tuition fees, College accommodation fees, a monthly stipend, one return air flight, assistance with visa and health care costs); and offer superb wrap-around support. The scholarship also includes a Character, Service and Leadership Programme facilitated at Rhodes House; access to a range of forums and events on a host of global themes/topics; and international service projects. If you are interested in applying for the 2022 academic year, applications open on 01 June 2021 and close on 15 August 2021.


  • Each applicant must fulfil the citizenship and residency requirements of the Rhodes constituency for which they are applying.

  • Age limits vary between constituencies, ranging between 19 up to a maximum of 27 years.

  • You must have completed (or will have completed), an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.7 out of 4 or higher, or the equivalent academic level in your country


Applications for the Rhodes Scholarships open from 1 June. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for an in-person interview. It is essential that candidates read the general information about the Scholarships and then proceed to their country-specific page for further detailed information.

  • Application Opening and Closing : June - September

  • Rhodes Interview and Selection: October - December

  • Oxford Application: January - March

  • Arrive in Oxford: September

Kindly review the Rhodes House website (, the annual Information Document (especially the section relating to Eligibility: citizenship/residency, age and academic achievement), and the links below, all of which contain the information you will need to prepare for your application.


Should you have any queries or if additional information is required, please do not hesitate to contact Bev Johnson, Regional Manager of the Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa, directly on e-mail:

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