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Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships for New Zealand - A Partnership between the Rhodes Trust and the Robertson Foundation.

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.

Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship programme in the world.

Rhodes's vision in founding the Scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to 'fight the world's fight' and to 'esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim', and to promote internatinal understanding and peace.

The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall McBain and other generous benefactors.

In New Zealand the application and selection process for the Rhodes Scholarships is managed by Universities New Zealand.


Applicants must:

  • on 1 August in the year of application hold New Zealand citizenship or hold a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa.
  • by 1 August in the year or application have spent at least 5 of the previous 10 years in New Zealand.
  • by the time of entry to Oxford have graduated with an undergraduate degree.
  • be of an age that they will have passed their nineteenth and not passed their twenty-fifth birthday by 1 October in the year they would begin study at Oxford, or
  • for candidates undertaking an MBChB course of study be of an age that they will have passed their nineteenth and not passed their twenty-sixth bithday by 1 October in the year they would begin study at Oxford.

Value and number awarded:

The value of the Rhodes Scholarship is set by the Rhodes Trust. Refer to the FAQ on the Rhodes House website.

Fees are paid directly by the Trust to the College and University.

to three scholars are elected from New Zealand each year.

Closing Date:

1 August (NZDT)


It is essenatial that intending applicants read the Guidelines for Applicants

Information for Applicants

The information for applicants on the Rhodes House website is essential reading.

The resouces there are freely available to help everyone with their application.

Also the Rhodes community in Australia have published a useful Storify clip to help with the application process.


  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Read the Regulations
  3. Complete and submit the Application Form
  4. Read and follow the Guidelines for Applicants to help you complete your application.
  5. Send to each of your Referees the Letter to Referees

Decisions made:


Click HERE to view a list of New Zealand Rhodes Scholars from 1904


New Zealand Rhodes Scholars Association

Membership of the NZ Rhodes Scholars Association is open to all those who have been Rhodes Scholars, or Rhodes Visiting Fellows, from New Zealand, and other Rhodes Scholars living in New Zealand. The main purposes of the Association are:

- to help promote knowledge of the Rhodes Scholarships in New Zealand; and

- to recognise the achievements of newly-selected Scholars, for example, through functions to farewell them before they leave for Oxford.

Newsletters keep members up-to-date with what is happening in the "Rhodes community". The Association can also put prospective applicants for a Rhodes Scholarship in touch with recently-returned Scholars, if they wish.

The Association can be contacted through the Honorary Secretary, Willow Sainsbury (tel 04 475 8403, e-mail