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The University Of Oxford Rhodes Trust Scholarships for African Students in the UK for 2023/2024

The Rhodes Trust Scholarships are a postgraduate scholarship program that helps deserving students from all over the world study at Oxford University.

More than 90 Rhodes Scholars chosen from 20 Rhodes constituencies (64 nations) worldwide receive the Rhodes Trust Scholarships each year to pursue postgraduate degrees at Oxford University. They are exceptional young people with a variety of backgrounds and interests who have the potential to become civic-minded leaders for the future of the planet.


Any full-time postgraduate degree, including the BA with senior status over two years, is open to Rhodes Scholars at the University of Oxford.


For individuals who follow a recognized path to the DPhil, the Scholarship may be extended for a third year at the Trustees’ discretion. Only in the second year of the Scholarship are the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Financial Economics (MFE) programs admissible.

Subject to satisfactory academic performance and behavior, the Scholarship has a basic two-year term.

Rhodes Trust Scholarships – Eligibility

All applicants for the Rhodes Trust Scholarships must meet the following qualifying requirements:

  • Citizenship & residency: Applicants must meet the citizenship/residency prerequisites of one of the Rhodes Africa constituencies: Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo), Zambia, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, and Swaziland), West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde.
  • Age: When you made your application on October 1 of that year, you had to be at least 18 years old and not yet 24. Depending on the local circumstances, there are some differences in the maximum age across constituencies. Before submitting your application, please carefully review the age restrictions for your constituency. Following the selection process, the selected candidates will fly into Oxford in October. The Scholarship cannot be put on hold.
  • Education: Before attending Oxford, Rhodes Scholars are required to have earned a Bachelor’s degree to a level of excellence that satisfies both the Rhodes and the Oxford requirements. Consult the prospectus pages of the University of Oxford as well as the material supplied in detail by the constituency to which you are applying on our page on how to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship. N.B. Some constituencies demand that you finish your undergraduate degree in the year that you apply for the Scholarship.

Interview Date, Process, and Venue for the Scholarship

Young people from 20 Rhodes constituencies (64 nations) around the world who exhibit exceptional intelligence, character, leadership, and dedication to service are sought after by Rhodes Selection Committees.

The following four factors determine who is chosen as a Rhodes Scholar:

  • Literary and intellectual accomplishments (excellence in the classroom)
  • The drive to maximize one’s abilities (as shown by proficiency in activities like sports, music, debate, dance, theater, and artistic endeavors, especially where teamwork is required)
  • Honesty, tenacity, devotion to duty, concern for and defense of the poor, benevolence, selflessness, and camaraderie
  • The moral strength of character, leadership instincts, and a concern for other people.

Application Procedure for Rhodes Trust Scholarships

Are you qualified for and interested in Rhodes Trust Scholarships? To apply, visit the Rhodes Trust at

Please click on the nation links to see the country links to learn more about the specific application requirements for each constituency. The following items, in various formats, will be needed by all constituencies in general:

  • Evidence of an undergraduate degree and any postgraduate studies, including transcripts and academic records (complete or in progress).
  • Resume, curriculum vitae, or list of top priorities
  • A clear indication of what the candidate desires to study at Oxford and why is important to include in the personal statement or essay.
  • Passport, birth certificate, or other proof of age
  • When English is not the native language, English language ability
  • Photograph
  • List of referees, generally numerous, who can vouch for the applicant’s moral integrity and intellectual ability, as well as for their academic, interpersonal, extracurricular, and leadership accomplishments (but who should never include family members or close friends)

For further information, visit the Rhodes Trust website

The deadline for the scholarship application is September 15, 2023.

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