Find out more about applying for the Rhodes Scholarship

Find out more about applying for the Rhodes Scholarship


Our Mission

The Trust builds a better world through global fellowship programmes that develop and connect compassionate, innovative, and public-spirited people committed to solving humanity’s challenges.

Our Theory of Change

The world needs leadership from ethical, creative and courageous people who are able to bridge cultures and disciplines. We therefore:

  • Help people of talent from all walks of life realise their potential to build a better world;
  • Foster leadership through diverse and inclusive learning communities;
  • Amplify impact through lifelong fellowships of mutual support, inspiration and collaboration.

The Rhodes Scholarship

Based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional young people from all over the world, and in all fields of study, who are committed to being of service, impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act.


Selection And Outreach

Be the world’s most respected and prestigious graduate fellowship, known for world-class global outreach and selection processes that identify the next generation of public-spirited young people committed to solving humanity’s challenges.
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Scholar Experience

Sustain our globally competitive position among graduate scholarships by ensuring parity in and excellence across all dimensions of the experience for all Scholars.
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Lifelong Fellowship

Become a vibrant lifelong fellowship that meaningfully and measurably contributes to Scholars’ learning, service and impact across every stage of their lives and careers and that fosters cross-generational mentoring and support.
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Global Expansion

Achieve our 125th anniversary goal (125 endowed Scholarships per year) by fully funding 25 new Scholarships and endowing 4 that are currently ‘flow’ funded; become a more diverse and impactful global community by connecting the Rhodes Scholar community with Atlantic Fellows, Schmidt Science Fellows, Mandela Rhodes Scholars and other partner programmes.
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Amplify and accelerate the impact of our Scholars and Fellows, helping them lead lives of service and achieve positive and lasting change in the world.It will find innovative ways to answer the question ‘how is the world different and better because of the Rhodes Trust’?
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Secure all the necessary resources and infrastructure to deliver the 125th anniversary strategy.

The Rhodes Scholarships in 2028


Our Partnership Programmes

The Trust also engages in joint programming and collaborative learning activities with other fellowship programmes.

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation

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Transforming Africa by shaping a visionary community of future African leaders, who share a life-changing programme of learning in a South African university.

Part of Nelson Mandela’s legacy

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The Atlantic Institute

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Connecting and supporting a global community of Atlantic Fellows and staff from seven programs, who collaborate across diverse contexts and settings to accelerate the eradication of inequities and bring lasting improvements, locally and globally.

With The Atlantic Philanthropies 

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Schmidt Science Fellows

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Unleashing the potential of science by creating a global community of interdisciplinary scientists, making new discoveries for the benefit of society

With Schmidt Futures

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Finding brilliant young people who need opportunity and supporting them as they work to serve others.

With Schmidt Futures

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Oxford Next Horizons

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Realising what’s next - by forming a community of highly experienced people, who reflect, explore and imagine what’s next for them and the world

With Harris Manchester College

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The Rhodes Scholarship

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The world's pre-eminent international scholarship. We fight the world's fight by forming an incredibly diverse lifelong community of exceptional people from across the planet, who share a transformational postgraduate experience at Oxford University.

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