The University of Newcastle, Australia

The Rhodes Scholarship

A chance for you to change your life – and the world!
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Awarded every year to nine outstanding young Australians, the Rhodes Scholarship is your chance to do your post-graduate study at the University of Oxford in England, with fees paid by the Rhodes Trust.

With a broad range of degrees available to study, being awarded the Rhodes Scholarship is your chance to follow in the steps of previous scholars, who have gone on to become world leaders (including three Australian Prime Ministers), Nobel laureates, award-winning writers and even hip-hop artists!


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.


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

Scholarships are chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.

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

  • be Australian citizens and have been resident in Australia for at least five of the past ten years
  • be no younger than 19 or older than 26 years on 1 October 2020
  • have completed (or expect to complete in the year of application) their degree with first class honours (or equivalent).

Please note: You may only apply for a Rhodes Scholarship twice and if you are awarded the scholarship it cannot be deferred.

Important dates

Applications open on 1 July 2019 and close at midnight on 13 September 2019.

Shortlisting and interviews will be scheduled in October and November 2019.

You are strongly advised to begin the application process early.

How to apply

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

  • a personal statement;
  • original academic transcripts;
  • names and contact details of five referees (three academic);
  • proof you meet the age criterion (birth certificate or passport);
  • full curriculum vitae; and,
  • a head-and-shoulders colour photograph.

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.

Find out more about the Rhodes Scholarships.

Further information for Australian applicants may on the Rhodes House website.

This presentation for 2018 applicants by the Secretary for Queensland State Rhodes Scholarships provides valuable detail and insight into the application process.