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Rhodes Scholarships provide opportunities for outstanding all-round students to study for a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford.
Scholars are selected on the basis of their exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service.
Each year nine Australian Rhodes Scholars are chosen: one for each state, and another three from anywhere in the country (these are known as 'Australia-at-Large Scholarships'). These Scholars join a community of nearly 8,000 Rhodes Scholars worldwide and are part of a tradition in Australia that started in 1903.
You should apply in the state where you completed or will complete your most recent degree. If you are studying overseas, apply in the state or territory where you attended secondary school.
For full eligibility and application requirements, read the information for Australian applicants.
You must submit an application addressing the selection criteria, and include your academic records, CV (curriculum vitae) and proposed course of study at Oxford. You also need to supply details of six referees.
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- have completed at least two years of secondary schooling in Australia
- meet the entry requirements for your proposed course at Oxford
- upon 1 October 2022, you must:
- be at least 18 and have not reached your 25th birthday (i.e. born after 1 October 1997 and on or before 1 October 2004)
- or, for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual, you must not have reached your 27th birthday (i.e. born after 1 October 1995) and your first undergraduate degree must have been (or will be) awarded on or after 1 July 2021
- have completed by July 2023 either:
- an Australian bachelor's degree, with or without honours (Australian Qualifications Framework levels 8 or 7)
- an Australian master's degree (Australian Qualifications Framework levels 9 or 9E)
- an international equivalent
- have an indicative expectation of a GPA of at least 6.75/7, a weighted average mark of 80%, or equivalent in your degree(s)
You cannot apply if you have applied for a Rhodes Scholarship two or more times before.
- Selection criteria
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 applicants who can demonstrate:
- literary and scholastic achievements
- energy to develop their 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.
The panel are guided by the terms of Cecil Rhodes's will, which established the Scholarships in 1902.
Read Should I apply for an Australian Rhodes Scholarship? for advice on how to make sure you consider all aspects of your talents, achievements and interests that might be relevant to the selection criteria.
A Rhodes Scholarship supports you in full-time study at the University of Oxford. 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. It funds:
- all university and college fees
- the university application fee
- a personal stipend for living expenses
- private health insurance
- one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship, and one economy fare for the flight back to your home country at the end of the scholarship.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in the life of the 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.