Oxford University Scholarship 2022 -2023

OXFORD UNIVERSITY – Rhodes Scholarships Queensland applications – AUSTRALIA 2021 – 2022[

What is a Rhodes Scholarship?

Rhodes Scholarships were established in 1902 under the terms of the Will of Cecil Rhodes that set up the Rhodes Trust to administer these scholarships. The Trust funds over 100 scholars each year and provides opportunities for outstanding all-round students to study at the University of Oxford.


Scholars are selected on the basis of their exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service.

Each year nine Australian Rhodes Scholars are chosen: one for each state, and another three from anywhere in the country (these are known as ‘Australia-at-Large Scholarships’). These Scholars join a community of Rhodes Scholars worldwide and are part of a tradition in Australia that started in 1903. 


QUT administers the Queensland Rhodes Scholarship on behalf of all Queensland universities. The State Secretary for Queensland is Professor Stan Hurn. The State Administrator for Queensland is Mandy McDonald.
Learn more about studying at Oxford University in this video from one of Australia’s 2018 Rhodes Scholars, Rob Ferritto.


To be eligible to apply in 2021 for a 2022 Rhodes Scholarship, you must:
• be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
• upon 1 October 2021, you must meet either of the following criteria:
be at least 18 years of age and have not passed your 25th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1996 and on or before 1 October 2003)
or, for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual, you must have not reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1994) AND your first undergraduate degree must have been (or will be) awarded on or after 1 July 2020
• have completed at least two years of schooling at an Australian secondary school
• have completed by no later than 30 June 2022 either:
o an Australian bachelor’s degree, with or without honours (Australian Qualifications Framework levels 8 or 7)
o an Australian master’s degree (Australian Qualifications Framework levels 9 or 9E)
o an international equivalent
• have an indicative expectation of a GPA of at least 6.75/7, a weighted average mark of 80%, or equivalent in your degree(s)
• meet the entry requirements for your proposed course at Oxford.
You may only apply for a Rhodes Scholarship twice in your academic career.
Achievements and personal qualities 

Apart from the eligibility criteria, the selection panel are looking for applicants who can demonstrate:

• academic achievement and excellence
• ambition for impact, clarity of purpose and intrinsic motivation
• a commitment to make a difference in the world, contributing to the greater good
• the courage and skills required to lead with a wider desire for public good.


How to apply
Applications can be submitted for consideration in only one Australian state or territory. The state or territory of application is determined by:

  •   The Australian state or territory in which you completed your highest university qualification, or
  • The Australian state or territory in which you completed at least two years of secondary schooling.


For full eligibility and application requirements, read the information for Australian applicants.
You must submit all of the following documents with your application:
• a completed application form
• declaration addressing the eligibility criteria
• birth certificate or passport
• official documentation to prove your citizenship or residence status
• academic transcript
• CV (curriculum vitae) of not more than three A4 pages in length
• personal statement
• your proposed course of study at Oxford.
You also need to nominate five referees that address the Scholarships criteria:
• three academic referees, and
• two other referees.

Selection process
The Queensland selection panel is chaired by the Governor of Queensland. It has six other members, who serve on the panel for four years.
Guided by the terms of the Will of Cecil Rhodes the selection panel will assess all valid applications. Shortlisting will occur at a meeting in October and these candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

After the interviews, the panel will elect the Queensland Rhodes Scholar.
If the panel considers the second- and third-ranked applicants to be of sufficient merit, it will nominate them for interview in the Australia-at-Large Scholarship selection process. These interviews are usually conducted in Canberra in late November or early December.

Key dates

• Applications for 2022 scholarships open – 1 July 2022
• Applications close – 23:59 AEST, Friday, 10 September 2022
• Shortlisting – 18 October 2021
• Pre-meetings for candidates with assessment panel – 25 October 2022
• Interviews – 26 October 2022
Information Sessions
2021 information sessions, including a live stream session for regional students, for the Queensland Rhodes Scholarship were conducted by State Secretary, Professor Stan Hurn.
At these sessions Professor Hurn provided helpful guidance to interested applicants through his Queensland Rhodes Scholarship presentations.


Applications for the 2022 Queensland Rhodes Scholarship open on 1 July 2022 and close on 10 September 2022. Applications must be submitted online by 23:59 AEST, Friday, 10 September 2022.

What does a Rhodes Scholarship entail?

A Rhodes Scholarship supports you in full-time study at the University of Oxford where you can choose from a wide variety of courses.
The Scholarship is usually awarded for two years, but may be extended to three for some degrees. It funds:
• all university and college fees
• the university application fee
• a personal stipend for living expenses
• private health insurance
• one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship, and one economy fare for the flight back to your home country at the end of the scholarship.


You will also have the opportunity to participate in the life of the Rhodes community in Oxford and attend:
• events that develop your leadership, problem-solving and public speaking skills
• presentations from leading international speakers in politics, academia and commerce
• weekly discussions and debates on global challenges
• internships with a wide range of organizations.

Award Value:

What expenses does the scholarship cover?
Living expenses (including rent, college fees and a stipend) and international student fees for two years (minimum) with an option to extend for a third year.

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