2019/2020 Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa at Oxford University
Deadline: September 30, 2019.
The Rhodes Scholarship programme is the oldest (established 1903) international scholarship programme in the world, and
one of the most prestigious. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers 100 fully-funded
Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom – one of the world’s leading
universities. Rhodes Scholarships are for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage
with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders
for the world’s future. The broad selection criteria are:
• Academic excellence – specific academic requirements can be found under ‘Eligibility Criteria’ below.
• Energy to use your talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre,
and artistic pursuits, including where teamwork is involved).
• Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship.
• Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in your fellow human beings.
a. Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen of one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania,Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo.
b. Education/residency: You must have been resident in one or more of the countries listed above for at least five of
the last ten years.
c. Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 26th birthday on 1 October 2020. This means
candidates must have been born after 30 September 1994 and on or before 1 October 2001. For medical, dental
adn pharmaceutical students the age limit is extended by up to one year to allow them to complete their internship
– such candidates must have been born after 30 September 1993 and on or before 1 October 2001.
d. Academic achievement: You must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally
a Bachelor’s degree) with the highest classification your University awards, e.g. First Class Honours, or a Distinction
in the case of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy courses.
e. English language: You must have a sufficiently high standard of English to meet the English language proficiency
requirements (at the Higher Level listed) of the University of Oxford.
f. Given the very intense international competition for places at the University of Oxford, candidates (with the
exception of those studying in Nigeria and Ghana, and, for some countries, those studying medicine) will have a
greater chance of successful admission to Oxford if they have an Honours degree (or have taken an Honours year) from a University outside of their country or if they have studied to Masters level within their country. Please contact your National Secretary if you require further advice.
1. The Rhodes Scholarship is for two years in the first instance. The Rhodes Scholarship covers Oxford University (and College) fees as well as providing an annual stipend. For the 2018/19 academic year, the stipend will be £15,141 per annum (c. £1,260 per month).
2. In addition to the above, the Rhodes Trust will cover two economy class flights – to and from the UK – for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford.
3. Following selection for the Scholarship, the Rhodes Trust will also cover the application fee required to apply to study at the University of Oxford.
4. A number of research grants are also available to Rhodes Scholars, on application, which enables Scholars to, for example, attend international conferences or conduct additional fieldwork.
a. You can apply online from 01 June 2019 at http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply via the
b. You must submit your application online, with all supporting documents, by 23:59 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT),
30 September 2019.
c. In preparation for making your application, you should read carefully the general information, particularly that held
on the Scholarships tab, on the Rhodes website, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship, the
information in this document and the graduate admissions pages of the University of Oxford:
d. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a social engagement (a dinner with the selection committee and other
finalists) and a final interview. You must be available to attend both, in person, as no accommodations can be made
on date and time, or mode, of these events. Interviews will be held in Lagos on a Saturday between mid- November
and early December. No candidate will be selected without an interview. Travel expenses within West Africa and
overnight accommodation in Lagos will be provided.
e. All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application