Rhodes Trust: Rhodes Scholarships for Australia

The Rhodes Scholarship programme (established 1903) is the oldest international scholarship programme in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers fully-funded scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom - one of the world’s leading universities. Rhodes Scholarships are for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.

Applications open

1 Jul 2021

Applications closed

10 Sep 2021

Application type

Application required
How to apply

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 need to:

    • Be an Australian citizen who has been resident in Australia for at least two of the last ten years.
    • 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 2021, which means you must have been born after 1 October 1996 and on or before 1 October 2003.
    • Have completed the requirements of an Australian Bachelor Honours degree (Australian Qualifications Framework level 8) or Australian Masters degree (Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 or 9E) or international equivalent with a proficiency level of first class honours or an equivalent mark of distinction for Masters students by no later than 30 June 2021. By way of guidance it is expected that students will have a GPA of at least 6.75/7 or equivalent, and any fails on a transcript will make admission into Oxford University extremely difficult.

    Refer to the Rhodes Scholarships for Australia website for further details.

    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. Further information is available at the Rhodes Scholarships for Australia website.

    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 are submitted online  at the Rhodes Scholarships for Australia website. For enquiries, contact the State or Territory Honorary Secretary.

What are the benefits?

  • A stipend of £15,900.
  • 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.
  • A number of research grants are also available to Rhodes Scholars, on application, which enables Scholars to, for example, attend international conferences or conduct additional fieldwork.

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

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