Rhodes Scholarships (Australia)

Established in 1903, the Rhodes Scholarship is the world's oldest and most prestigious international scholarship program. Each year, nine scholarships are offered to Australians to enrol in graduate study at the University of Oxford.

Benefit type

General allowance
Tuition fee exemption
Fee remission
College fee remission
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

100% fee remission and at least $30,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded


  • "The Rhodes Scholarship allowed me to pursue my interest in public policy and technology by studying a Master of Public Policy and MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the University of Oxford. My time at Oxford was extremely rewarding and empowering, on both a personal and professional level. In particular, it led to my involvement in various student initiatives to improve accessibility at the University of Oxford, to my founding of a tech startup empowering social inclusion for disabled people through better accessibility information, and to my growing professional interest in the related fields of tech for good and ethical AI. With the support of the Rhodes Scholarship, I have been able to pursue my passions and turn them into promising career pathways."
    Read Matt Pierri's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Applications from refugees/asylum seekers currently residing in Australia will also be considered in this constituency.
    • Have completed at least two years of schooling at an Australian secondary school.
    • Have reached your 18th and not have passed your 25th birthday on 1 October 2023, which means you must have been born after 1 October 1998 and on or before 2 October 2005.   OR (for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual) on 1 October 2023, you must not have reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1996) AND you have met or will meet the academic requirements for completing your first degree on or after 1 July 2022.
    • Have already completed, or will have completed by July 2024, an undergraduate degree (normally a Bachelor’s degree, with or without Honours [Australian Qualifications Framework levels 8 or 7], or the equivalent) with an academic background and grade that - at a minimum - meets or exceeds the specific entry requirements of your chosen full-time course at the University of Oxford. By way of guidance it is expected that students will have a GPA of at least 6.75/7 or equivalent.

    Selection criteria

    Prospective applicants from Australia should carefully review the Information for Candidates specific for Australia. They should then contact their State or Territory Honorary Secretary to discuss their eligibility to apply, and for general information on the preparation of applications and the selection of referees.

    The four criteria which governed the selection of Rhodes Scholars in 1902 are still the guiding criteria for the selection of Rhodes Scholars:

    • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
    • energy to use one's talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
    • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
    • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.
  • Application process

    Applications usually open in June or July for study beginning in October of the following year and must be submitted via the Rhodes Scholarships website.

What are the benefits?

  • A stipend of £18,180 pa (2022/23)
  • All University and College fees, including the University application fee
  • 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.

The fellowship of Rhodes Scholars, worldwide and across generations, is active and over 7,000 strong. Rhodes Scholars therefore enter a life-long fellowship with ongoing opportunities to connect with current and Senior Scholars and, beyond that, a warm and engaging community within which Scholars typically develop enduring friendships.

Further information

Visit Rhodes Scholarships or contact the Victorian State or Territory Honorary Secretary.

For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.