Welcome to the homepage of the Association of Jamaican and Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholars. Since 1904, there have been more than 150 Scholars from Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean.

If you would like further information about the Association, please contact Dr Alisha Wade (Commonwealth Caribbean & Trinity 2000)

Profiles of some of the Rhodes Scholars from Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean include:

Norman Manley (Jamaica & Jesus 1914) (4 July 1893 – 2 September 1969)
Premier of Jamaica
Professor Rex Nettleford (Jamaica & Oriel 1957) (3 February 1933 - 2 February 2010)
Pioneer of Caribbean cultural studies, and Vice-Chancellor of University of West Indies.
The inaugural Rex Nettleford Memorial Lecture was delivered by former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Sir Shridath Ramphal, and was held at Rhodes House in 2011. Further information about Professor Nettleford's life can be read here.
Professor Stephen Vasciannie (Jamaica & Balliol 1981)
Current Jamaican Ambassador to the United States.

The objectives of the Association are:

  • Connecting current and Senior Scholars with each other, through events and communications.
  • Promoting the visibility and standing of the Rhodes Scholarship in Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean, by engaging in outreach to schools and tertiary institutions, as well as liaising with Ministries of Education.
  • To disseminate information about the Scholarship and about Scholars in an annual e-Newsletter.
  • Strengthening the Rhodes Scholarship through financial support from Senior Scholars and other sources.

Further information

These will be organised locally.  Please do get in touch if you would like to organise or host an event.

The Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies: For more information on this scheme, click here.

How to organise regional meetings of Rhodes Scholars: The Association is more than happy to help Scholars organise regional gatherings. Please contact us to let us know and we will help identify who lives within that particular region and can contact them on your behalf.

Newsletters: There will be an annual newsletter.

For travelling Rhodes Scholars: 
If you are a Rhodes Scholar from anywhere in the world and want to connect with Jamaican or Commonwealth Caribbean Scholars, for example whilst travelling in the region, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to connect you with fellow Scholars.