Welcome to the information page about the Rhodes Scholarships for Kenya. 

 Each year, there are two Scholarships available in Kenya to enable outstanding students - chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service - to study at the University of Oxford.

 Rhodes Scholars from Kenya have pursued a variety of careers in public service, academia, business, law, and medicine, amongst others.  Many have achieved notable distinction, including:

  • Elchi Nowrojee (Kenya & St Antony’s 1992), Co-Head of Legal - Americas for the Asset Management division of Credit Suisse, where he has represented a number of clients investing in African companies, forming African investment funds and working with other Africa-related businesses.  He is also a member of the Sub-Committee on Africa of the Advisory Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice and former Chair of the Committee on African Affairs of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
  • Njonjo Mue (Kenya & Jesus 1991), is a human rights lawyer, a transitional justice expert and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He previously served as Deputy Director of the Africa Program of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international non-profit organization which works to help societies in transition address legacies of massive human rights violations and build civic trust in state institutions as protectors of human rights and as the Head of Advocacy at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. He sits on the board of the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists and is a member of the Kenya Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.
  • Adhiambo Odaga (Kenya & St Antony's 1986), the Ford Foundation’s Director, Pan African Program and Representative for West Africa based in Lagos, Nigeria.  In this capacity she oversees grant-making focused on building local capacity in the areas of economic development, human rights, governance, reproductive health and culture.   She is also a board member of TrustAfrica, an independent foundation that strives to secure the conditions for democratic governance and equitable development across Africa, and a member of the Policy and Monitoring Committee of Nigeria’s National Council of Privatisation.

Information about Rhodes Scholars elected for Kenya and around the world can be found in biographies of the Rhodes class of 2016 and the Rhodes class of 2015

Kenyan Rhodes Scholars


Applications for the Rhodes Scholarships Kenya for 2018 will open on 1 June 2017.

Closing date: Applications must be received by midnight, local time, 31 August 2017.

Prospective applicants from Kenya should carefully review:
1. the general information about the Rhodes Scholarships,
2. the selection criteria that apply in all Rhodes constituencies, and then
3. the application criteria specific to Kenya

Guidance for Referees for applications for 2018 entry is available here.

There are FAQs which are applicable to all applicants.

National Secretary for Kenya:
Mrs Janet Kabiru
National Secretary
The Rhodes Scholarships in Kenya
PO Box 1813 00606, Sarit Centre

+254 722 810044
Email: Rhodes.Selection.Kenya@gmail.com