The Rhodes Trust Scholarship (Postgraduate)

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The Rhodes Trust Scholarship (Postgraduate)

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The Rhodes Trust International Postgraduate Scholarship 2023-2024

About Rhodes Trust

The Rhodes Trust Scholarship is open to graduate students in Southern Africa (including South Africa); Namibia; Botswana; Swaziland; Lesotho and Malawi. Applicants will be selected based on their previous academic performance and will study at Oxford University in the UK. A total of 89 students from 32 countries participated in the scholarship. Scholarship will cover the following expenses: tuition, living expenses and airfare to and from Oxford.

Every year 4 scholarships are awarded to South African students, 1 scholarship is awarded to KwaZulu Natal students and 1 scholarship is awarded to Namibia / Botswana / Swaziland / Lesotho / Malawi students, for the above students from the following schools 1 scholarship is awarded:

  • Bloemhof Girls’ High School, Rhenish Girls’ High School, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch (and partner schools).
  • Rustenburg High School for Girls, Sans Souci Girls’ High School, South African College School, Newlands (and partner schools).
  • Diocesan School for Girls, St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown (and partner schools).
  • Herschel Girls School, St George’s Grammar School, St Cyprian’s School, Diocesan College, Rondebosch (Bishops) (and partner schools).


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • Citizen (or legal permanent resident) of South Africa/ Namibia/ Botswana/ Swaziland/ Lesotho/ Malawi,
  • Must have completed (or be in the final year of) your degree when applying,
  • Strong academic results for current degree,
  • Between the ages of 19 and 25 years old,
  • Medical students (or MBBCh/ MBChB degree students) may be up to 28 years old.

Applicants should download and read the The Rhodes Trust Scholarship Information Pack (pdf) and the The Rhodes Trust Scholarship Conditions of Tenure (pdf) before applying.

How To Apply The Rhodes Trust Scholarship (Postgraduate)

Apply online at:

The following documents must accompany your application

  • Birth certificate (certified copy),
  • Colour photo (head and shoulder shot) in jpg format,
  • Matric results certificate (certified copy),
  • Degree certificates (certified copy),
  • Academic results record (certified copy),
  • CV with the following information: contact details, previous achievements in school; university; community; sports; culture; leadership etc,
    Details of any previous employment,
  • Contact details of six references (work and mobile or home number, fax number, email address and post address) (four or more of the references should be university academics who have taught you),
  • A personal statement (part A): explaining your interests and where you would like to be in the future in your career, as well as your goals and how you have or would like to contribute to society (this statements must be signed by the applicant),
  • A statement of intended study (part B): explaining the qualification you would like to study at Oxford, proving that you meet the entry requirements for your selected qualification, (both statements together must be no more than 1000 words).

*Please note that all documents must be submitted in English (or with an English translation). Original documents must be kept by applicants.


15 August annually


For any scholarship queries, please contact:
National Secretary for Southern Africa
Mr Ndumiso Luthuli
The General Secretary
The Rhodes Scholarships in South Africa
PO Box 41468
Gauteng 2024
South Africa

Telephone: 011 794 4693
Fax: 011 444 6247

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