Rhodes Southern Africa Scholarships for Study at Oxford University

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rhodes scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford for applicants from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland are administered from a regional secretariat based in Johannesburg.


There are:
– four Scholarships every year for applicants from South Africa-at-Large,
– one for applicants from KwaZulu-Natal,
– one for applicants from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland, and
– one each for applicants of or from Diocesan College, Rondebosch; South African College School, Newlands; Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch; and St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown (including their identified partner schools, which are listed here).


A Rhodes Scholarship covers:

  • All University and College fees;
  • The University application fee;
  • A personal stipend which is fixed by the Trustees (£14,276 per annum 2016-17);
  • One economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship and one economy flight back to the student’s home country at the conclusion of the scholarship.

While the partners of Rhodes Scholars are warmly welcomed by Rhodes House, Oxford, married/partnered applicants should take note that the stipend is sufficient for one person only, and the Rhodes Trust takes no responsibility for support of the Scholar’s spouse/partner or dependants.

Financial need gives no special claim to a Rhodes Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarship covers University and College fees and a stipend for living expenses for two and possibly three years of study at the University of Oxford. The stipend is set at £14,276  (UK pounds) per annum (2015-16). The Scholarship also covers travel to and from Oxford at the commencement and conclusion of tenure (subject to certain conditions).



Applications for the Rhodes Scholarships for 2018 will open here on 1 June 2017.

Closing date for applications: by midnight SAEST 15 August 2017

Learn more here!