Rhodes Scholarship South Africa 2024/2025: Application Process & Qualifications

Rhodes Scholarship South Africa 2024/2025: Application Process & Qualifications, Title: Oxford University’s Rhodes Scholarships: Opening Doors for World Leaders First of all, The Rhodes Trust (UK) has been providing postgraduate study opportunities at Oxford University to emerging leaders for more than century, empowering them through the coveted Rhodes Scholarships. With the goal of creating thoughtful, inclusive, and internationally connected community of leaders, Rhodes Scholarships honor outstanding people who exhibit remarkable intelligence, morality, leadership potential, and dedication to service. We discuss the Rhodes Scholarships in this blog post, with an emphasis on the Southern African population, the application procedure, the requirements for eligibility, and the rewards awarded to scholars who are accepted.

Rhodes Scholarships in the Southern African Constituency: Graduates from the Southern African constituency are eligible to apply for 10 Rhodes Scholarships each year. South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, and eSwatini are all part of this constituency. The scholarships are available to students at Oxford University who want to pursue Master’s or Doctoral degrees in the majority of subjects and fields of study. Every year, the application season opens on June 1st and ends on August 1st. Merit-based and Inclusive: The Rhodes Scholarships are dedicated to merit-based and inclusive selection. Talented people who thrive in their fields are given scholarships, regardless of their color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, university attended, or topic of study.

Coverage and Benefits:

The Rhodes Scholarship provides comprehensive financial support for two years of study at Oxford University. The following expenses are covered:

  1. Oxford University application fee and annual tuition fees.
  2. An annual stipend to cover accommodation fees and living expenses in Oxford.
  3. One return air flight (SA-UK-SA) per scholarship.
  4. Financial assistance with Student Visa and health insurance costs for the scholarship duration.
  5. A settling-in allowance to support the transition to studying at Oxford.
  6. Access to a character, service, and leadership program, offering additional support and development opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Rhodes Scholarship in the Southern African constituency, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Citizenship and residency in the Southern African constituency (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, and eSwatini).
  2. Completion of an undergraduate degree.
  3. Academic excellence and proven leadership abilities.
  4. Meet age requirements.

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Application Process:

The Oxford academic year commences on 01 October annually. The process to be followed:

  1. You first apply for the Rhodes Scholarship (closing date 01 August);
  2. Selection is completed by mid-November and the awards are announced;
  3. If you are successful you then apply to Oxford University for your chosen course of study, commencing 01 October 2024.
  • Applications for the Rhodes Scholarships can only be submitted using the online application system at: Check your eligibility and apply – Rhodes Trust (ox.ac.uk) .
  • Applicants MUST submit the following documents with their online application:
    • A copy of your birth certificate.
    • A copy of a valid passport or ID document.
    • An official academic transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date).
    • A copy of your South African National Senior Certificate (NSC).
    • Copies of your degree certificates.
    • A full curriculum vitae which should include details about academic qualifications; prizes awarded or scholarship; positions of leadership; employment positions; involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities; and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments. This should not exceed two A4 (12pt font size) pages in length.
    • A head-and-shoulders colour photograph (jpg format).
    • A personal statement of no more than 750 words.
    • An academic statement (as detailed in the Information Document).
    • The names and contact details of four referees (as detailed in the Information Document for candidates).

Contact Information:

For further inquiries or additional information regarding the Rhodes Scholarship in the Southern African constituency, applicants can reach out to Ms. Beverley Johnson, Regional Manager – Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa:

E-mail: southernafrica.secretary@rhodestrust.com

Tel: +27 (0)74 054 4300


The Rhodes Scholarships offer a life-changing opportunity for young leaders from the Southern African constituency to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University. Regardless of background or field of study, the scholarships recognize individuals with exceptional intellect, character, and leadership potential. If you meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply and embark on a transformative journey that will shape your future and equip you with the tools to make a positive impact in the world.

The Rhodes Scholarships not only provide financial support but also nurture a community of leaders committed to service, making it an invaluable opportunity for personal and professional growth. Don’t miss the chance to become part of this globally inclusive and thoughtful community—apply for the Rhodes Scholarships today!