The Rhodes Scholarship Australia

This financial support is not administered by the University.


Each year, nine Rhodes Scholarships are available for outstanding Australians 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.

About 100 Rhodes Scholars are selected from around 60 nominated countries around the world every year, with two Global Scholars selected from any other country.  There are now over 5,000 Rhodes Scholars worldwide, and alumni connections are growing.

Field of study

Any Discipline


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

  • be Australian citizens or Permanent Residents;
  • have completed at least two years of schooling at an Australian secondary school;
  • You must be at least 18 and have not reached your 25th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1995 and on or before 1 October 2002) OR (for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual) you must have not reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1993) AND you have met or will meet the requirements for completion of your first degree on or after 1 July 2019*; 
  • have completed Australian bachelors, honours, or masters degree or international equivalent with a proficiency level of first class honours or an equivalent mark of distinction (masters or international qualification) by no later than 30 June 2021 (Indicative GPA of >6.75/7 or WAM 80% or equivalent); and
  • have not applied for the Rhodes Scholarship more than once before (provided you were unsuccessful in the first attempt).

* A university's policy determines the date a degree is considered awarded. In ambiguous cases, the decision of the National Secretary is final.

ANU students can apply through the Australian Territories panel to be considered for the Australia at Large scholarships, or can apply in the state in which they completed at least two years of secondary schooling, in which case you should contact that state panel for more information .  If you meet the eligibility criteria for more than one Rhodes Constituency, you must only apply to one. You should apply to the Rhodes Constituency with which you have the greatest connection

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


The Financial benefits range from AUD 75,000 to AUD 125,000 and includes the following

  • All Oxford University and College fees

  • The University application fee

  • A personal stipend (2020 £15,141 per annum)

  • Private health insurance

  • 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

How to apply

Applications open on Wednesday 1 July 2020 and close at 23:59 AEST on Friday 11 September 2020. In addition to the completed application form, you need:

  • your academic record (including original academic transcripts)
  • a study proposal
  • a personal statement
  • details of 5 referees (of which 3 are academic)

Shortlisting and interviews will be scheduled in October and November 2020. 

Candidates from the Australian Territories should contact the administrator for Australia-at-Large or Territories Secretary to discuss their eligibility to apply.

Please note that the official academic transcript/s and the original birth certificate (or certified copy) must also be sighted by the administrator for Australia-at-Large by the due date.

Referee reports

Candidates are required to contact their referees to confirm that they are able to submit a reference by the due date, then to enter their referees' contact details into the on-line Application Form. Please note that once the referee details have been typed in and saved to the system, an email will be automatically sent to referees with instructions on how to submit their reference on-line. The system will then attach the referee reports to the candidate's application for viewing by the Selection Committee members. Please note that as we have now moved to the electronic system, we no longer expect to receive hard copy references.

The Australia-at-Large administrator does not contact referees to seek reports - it is up to each candidate to check with the administrator that all their reports have been received.

All referee reports must be received by the due date. The Selection Committee may not be in a position to make use of reports received after this date.

Oxford University

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

Steps to follow to apply for an Australia-at-Large Rhodes Scholarship

  1. Read the information on the Rhodes House website. You'll see that the Application Form, Guidelines for Candidates and further details on the selection criteria and how to apply is also available on that site.
  2. View the Oxford University Graduate Studies Prospectus or Undergraduate Prospectus and information on admissions.
  3. Contact the Secretary to check your eligibility to apply for the Rhodes.

Further information

For any information, please contact:

Kate Luxford
Territories Secretary
Rhodes Scholarships in Australia