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The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

Australia

The Rhodes Scholarships for Australia

There are nine Scholarships available each year for Australia.

The first Australian Rhodes Scholars took up residence in Oxford in 1904, and since that time many hundreds of Australians have been awarded the Scholarship.

Of the nine scholarships available each year in Australia, each state offers one Scholarship that is awarded by a selection committee of seven members (including three Rhodes Scholars) based in the state. In addition, there are three Australia-at-Large Scholarships awarded by a selection committee based in Canberra. This selection committee will consider applicants from the ACT and other territories of the Commonwealth, as well as those candidates nominated by state selection committees. Please note that applicants cannot apply directly to Australia-at-Large.

They should then contact their State or Territory Honorary Secretary to discuss their eligibility to apply, and for general information on the preparation of applications and the selection of referees.

Opening date: 1 July 2022
Closing date: 23:59, AEST, 9 September 2022

As the Rhodes Scholarships are place-based, the eligibility criteria, application requirements and selection process vary slightly depending on which constituency you are applying for. To ensure that you have all of the information you need to apply, please read the Information for Candidates - specific for Australia - carefully. You should also check the Conditions of Tenure to ensure that your proposed course of study is covered by the Rhodes Scholarship and share the Guidance for Referees with your referees. These documents can all be accessed below.

If you have read all of the information above and are ready to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship, you can use the below button to to start the application process. Make sure to check the opening and closing dates above as the form won’t be available outside of these dates!

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National Secretary for Australia 

Selection for the Rhodes Scholarships takes place in each constituency and is overseen by the relevant National Secretary and their team. Below you can find out who the National Secretary is and how to contact them should you need to.

Professor Peter Kanowski
Email: australia.secretary@rhodestrust.com

Deputy National Secretaries for Australia

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Email: marnie.hughes-warrington@unisa.edu.au 

Professor John Watson
Associate Dean and Head of School, Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School

Professor Merlin Crossley
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, University of New South Wales
Email: m.crossley@unsw.edu.au

Administrator and Contact: Central Scholarships
Division of Student Administration
The Australian National University
Email: philanthropic.scholarships@anu.edu.au