The Rhodes Trust Scholarship / Bursaries 2019 – 2020

About Rhodes Trust Scholarship Fund

The Rhodes trust Scholarship fund awards bursaries to postgraduate students and covers all University fees, a personal fee as well as an economy airfare to Oxford at the beginning of the study term and again back to South Africa after the completion of the studies.  The Rhodes Trust Fund was established in 1903 and is most likely the oldest International Graduate Fund, in addition, to probably also being the most prestigious.  This Scholarship was established to aid in the development of spectacular leaders which would fight for all in the world and make public duty their aim in life.

Candidates will be selected on their literacy ability, academic achievements but also their truthfulness, courage, sympathy, kindness, unselfishness, fellowship towards others in addition to their devotion to duty and protection of the weak.  They need to be born leaders with a keen instinct and interest in their surroundings.

The Rhodes Trust Bursaries Available

To qualify for a bursary from the Rhodes Trust candidates must hold at least their 1stDegree, therefore, candidates currently in their last year study of their 1st Degree are eligible.  Students get a two year study period that could under specific conditions be extended to three-year studies if they are heading for DPhil.

Here are some of the available study fields for the Rhodes Trust Bursary

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For more study fields at Oxford have a look at their fields available.

The Rhodes Trust Bursaries Requirements

The Rhodes Trust Bursaries Application

Bursaries online applications can be found on their website if there are any interested candidates.

Candidates applying must also provide the following documentation:

Candidates must also include a personal statement of a 1000 words or less with the following:

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The personal statement is extremely important to the application and ought to be taken seriously.

Candidates must ensure that all people listed as referees have valid and working contact details included where they can be contacted by the committee.  Include home and business lines, as well as cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and postal addresses.  Get permission from the people you select as referees and only use people that are most likely to respond even to written requests.  Four of the chosen referees ought to be University Lecturers or teachers who would be able to comment on your academic capability.  It is not preferable to use friends as referees but rather people who can comment from a critical perspective such as school teachers or ministers.

Please remember to add your personal home address, home phone number, cell phone number and e-mail address in addition to all the required documentation.

To send your applications via the postal system please bear in mind that all documents have to be certified copies and not originals, do not staple, bind or fold the application.

Applications can be mailed to:

The Rhodes Scholarships in South Africa

The General Secretary

Mr. Ndumiso Luthuli

P.O. Box 41468




South Africa

E-mail at

The Rhodes Trust Bursaries Closing Date

Closing date for applications is usually the middle of August each year.  If you are up for a challenge and have what it takes apply now.

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