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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 international 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:

  • at the closing date for applications in the year of application, hold New Zealand citizenship or hold a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa
  • at the closing date for applications in the year of 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 with a GPA of 7.50/9.00
  • be of an age that they will have passed their 19th and not passed their 25th birthday by 1 October in the year they would begin study at Oxford; or
  • (for older candidates who completed their first degree later than usual) they must have not reached their 27th birthday, and must have met the requirements for completion of their first degree on or after 1 October 2019; or
  • (for candidates undertaking an MBChB course of study) be of an age that they will have passed their 19th and not passed their 26th birthday 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.

Up to three scholars are elected from New Zealand each year.


Rhodes Scholarship Advisors are available at each New Zealand university.

Their role is to encourage and support applications for the Rhodes Scholarships for New Zealand.

The advisors are:

Applicants who have specific questions about eligibility, the application form/process, the selection process, etc, should contact the Scholarships Office of their university  or Universities NZ:

Overseas applicants should first contact scholarships advisors at their home university.


Use the on-line application system which is available here.

Closing date:

1 August 2020


It is essential that intending applicants read the Information for Applicants

Information for Applicants

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

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


  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Read the Information for Candidates
  3. Make sure that your chosen referees read the Guidance for Referees

Decisions made:



Please direct all enquiries regarding eligibility or process to

A list of New Zealand Rhodes Scholars from 1904 is available  here.

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, Professor Peter Rutledge