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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, one Scholarship is awarded by a selection committee, normally of seven members (including three Rhodes Scholars), based in each state. In addition, a comparable Territories selection committee meets to consider candidates from the Australian Commonwealth Territories; it does not elect a Scholar directly. Each of these seven committees may nominate up to two candidates for consideration by the national Australia-at Large committee. Up to three Australia-at-Large Scholarships are awarded by this committee, which meets in Canberra. Please note that candidates cannot apply directly for the Australia-at-Large scholarship.

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 2023
Closing date: 23:59, AEST, 8 September 2023

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the documents here relate to the 2024 scholarship cycle, which has now concluded and is closed to applications. The documents are available for reference, but please note that eligibility criteria and processes may change year on year. Updated information for candidates for the 2025 scholarships will be available here in Spring 2024. Please note that the applications window is moving forward one month (1 June – 12 August 2024).

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 AO
Email: marnie.hughes-warrington@unisa.edu.au 

Professor John Watson
Director, The Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, The Australian National University
Email: john.watson@anu.edu.au 

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

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

State and Territories Secretaries and Administrators