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The Rhodes Scholarship 2024

Applications open - everything you need to know and all the links to the right websites.
1 May 2023
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Diocesan College, St George's Grammar School,
Herschel School for Girls, St Cyprian's School and LEAP 1

As an alumnus/ alumna of our partner schools (Diocesan College, St George's Grammar School, Herschel School for Girls, St Cyprian's and LEAP 1), we wish to draw to your attention a wonderful post-graduate opportunity to further your studies at Oxford University. Online applications for the 2024 Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa open on 01 June 2023. The scholarships target talented, young South Africans; are fully funded for two years of study; and are inclusive (race, gender, religious affiliation, course of study, and financial need are not criteria for the Rhodes Scholarship).


Internationally, the Rhodes Scholarship is regarded as the oldest and arguably the preeminent global fellowship programme. Funded by a bequest in the Will of Cecil John Rhodes, Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded since 1903. Over the last 120 years, nearly 1000 young people from across Southern Africa have been given the opportunity to further their post-graduate studies at Oxford University thanks to this scholarship programme. Annually, over 100 Rhodes Scholarships are awarded to high potential graduates from more than 30 countries across the globe.

Who should apply?

The Rhodes Scholarships are targeted at young South Africans, aged between 19-24 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.
Of the 100 Rhodes scholarships awarded each year, ten are allocated to the Southern African Constituency (comprising South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini). Further scholarships are awarded to graduates from other regions across the continent: Zimbabwe (2), Zambia (2), Kenya (2), East Africa (2) and West Africa (3).


Applications open on 01 June 2023.

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, financial assistance with visa and health care costs); and offering superb wrap-around support. The scholarship also includes a Character, Service and Leadership Programme facilitated at Rhodes House; access to a range of forums, conferences and events on a host of global themes/topics; and international service projects. If you are interested in applying for the 2024 academic year, applications open on 01 June 2023 and close on 01 August 2023 {please note this is a hard deadline and late applications will not be considered).

To make sure you are as prepared as possible to start your application, you are encouraged to read the information on the Scholarships tab on the Rhodes House website, the Conditions of Tenure document, and the University of Oxford's graduate admissions pages.

In addition please review the  Information Document for applicants from Southern Africa, paying particular attention to the section relating to Eligibility: citizenship/residency, age and academic achievement.

Useful Links

Interested candidates are also invited to follow the Rhodes Scholarships on social media:

There is no doubt that being awarded a Rhodes Scholarships is a life-changing experience.

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

To read more please CLICK HERE.


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