The University of Newcastle, Australia

The Rhodes Scholarship

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Each year Rhodes Scholarships are available to nine outstanding Australians, chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service, and enabling them to study at the University of Oxford.

One Rhodes Scholarship is offered in each of the States (NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA and TAS) and three for Australia-at-Large.

Domestic graduates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.


Fees are paid by the Rhodes Trust directly to the College, and Rhodes Scholars receive a monthly stipend and assistance with travel expenses to the United Kingdom.

The Scholarship is usually awarded for two years, but may be extended to three for some degrees.

It funds:

  • all university and college fees
  • the university application fee
  • a personal stipend for living expenses
  • private health insurance
  • one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship, and one economy fare for the flight back to your home country at the end of the scholarship.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in the life of the Rhodes community in Oxford and attend:

  • events that develop your leadership, problem-solving and public speaking skills
  • presentations from leading international speakers in politics, academia and commerce
  • weekly discussions and debates on global challenges
  • internships with a wide range of organisations.


To be eligible to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship, candidates must meet criteria related to:

  • Nationality/citizenship
  • Education/residency
  • Age
  • Academic achievement

All applicants must read the Information for Candidates – Australia document which sets out the eligibility and selection criteria and provides application guidance.

Competition for Rhodes Scholarships is extremely competitive and candidates selected for interview are of outstanding quality. Before submitting an application, candidates should realistically assess their ability to meet all of the qualification and eligibility criteria and to compete at this elite level. Entry to the University of Oxford is also extremely competitive.

Please note:

  • You may only apply for a Rhodes Scholarship twice; and,
  • If you are awarded the scholarship it cannot be deferred.

Important dates

A webinar/information session will be held Tuesday 23 June from 2pm to 4pm.  The presenters will be former Rhodes Scholars and co-Secretaries for NSW State Rhodes Scholarships, Professor Jennifer H. Martin (University of Newcastle) and Dr Tamson Pietsch (University of Technology, Sydney).

You may register for the information session/webinar here.

Applications open on 1 July 2020 and close at midnight on 11 September 2020.

If you have been shorted listed for interview you will be notified by Thursday 15 October 2020.

Interviews will be scheduled for Monday 26 October to Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Due to COVID-19 the interviews may be held by video conference. This will be confirmed closer to the date depending on the COVID-19 environment.

How to apply

Candidates are strongly advised to begin the application process early.

Candidates must apply in the State or Territory in which they received (or will receive) their highest university qualification.

Please note that in addition to the completed application form, candidates are required to submit:

  • a personal statement;
  • full curriculum vitae;
  • original academic transcripts;
  • confirmation you meet the age criterion (birth certificate or passport);
  • a photograph; and,
  • the names and contact details of five referees (three of these must be academics).

Candidates intending to apply for a research degree are strongly advised to contact the relevant department at Oxford. The Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee will expect to see evidence that the planned project is of interest to, and can be supported by, that department.

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