Rhodes Scholarships Queensland applications

Rhodes Scholarships provide 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 nearly 8,000 Rhodes Scholars worldwide and are part of a tradition in Australia that started in 1903.

QUT administers the Queensland Rhodes Scholarship. The State Secretary for Queensland is Professor Ben White. The State Administrator for Queensland is Sonya Betros.

What does a Rhodes Scholarship entail?

A Rhodes Scholarship supports you in full-time study at the University of Oxford. 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 organisations.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the scholarship or application process, contact the Rhodes Scholarship Queensland representatives at rhodesqueensland@qut.edu.au

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply in 2019 for a 2020 Rhodes Scholarship, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen and have lived in Australia for at least two of the last 10 years
  • be at least 19 years of age but younger than 26 at 1 October in the year you would start at Oxford
  • have completed at least two years of secondary schooling in Australia
  • have completed a bachelors honours or masters degree (or international equivalent) by 15 June 2020, achieving first-class honours (or an equivalent mark of distinction for the masters degree).

You cannot apply if you have applied for a Rhodes Scholarship two or more times before.

Achievements and personal qualities

Apart from first-class honours, there is no particular list of academic qualifications or personal or professional achievements that you need to be a Rhodes Scholar.

The selection panel are looking for applicants who can demonstrate:

  • literary and scholastic attainments
  • energy to use one's talents to the full
  • 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 an interest in one's fellow beings.

The panel are guided by the terms of Cecil Rhodes's will, which established the Scholarships in 1902.

When to apply

Applications for the 2020 Queensland Rhodes Scholarship open on 1 July 2019 and close on 13 September 2019.

How to apply

You should apply in the state where you completed or will complete your highest degree, or where you attended secondary school for at least two years.

For full eligibility and application requirements, read the information for Australian applicants.

You must submit an application and declaration addressing the selection criteria, and include your academic records, CV (curriculum vitae) and proposed course of study at Oxford. You also need to nominate five referees (three academic referees and two other referees that address the other scholarship criteria).

Selection process

The Queensland selection panel will assess all valid applications and will meet in October to shortlist candidates for 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.

The Queensland selection panel is chaired by the Governor of Queensland. It has six other members, who serve on the panel for four years.

Information sessions

Information sessions for the 2020 Queensland Rhodes Scholarship are conducted by state secretary Professor Ben White. Further information sessions will also be held, including a live stream session for regional students.

At these sessions Professor White will provide helpful guidance to interested applicants through his Queensland Rhodes Scholarship 2019 for 2020 Presentation.

Presentation slides (PDF file, 870.7 KB)

Thursday 9 May 2019 1pm - 4pm University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus - ViewPoint, Building 33
Tuesday 16 July 2019 1pm-2pm Griffith University
  • Nathan campus, N72, 2.10
  • Gold Coast campus, G40, Red Zone conference (video conference)
Monday 29 July 2019
QUT, Gardens Point campus - A Block, Level 1, Room 101 (GP-A101)
Monday 29 July 2019 1pm - 2pm View the session recording


If you have questions about the Scholarship or the application process, you can email the Rhodes Scholarships Queensland representatives or contact the Network Advisor at your university.

Network advisors

Bond University

Professor Jim Smith
Email: jismith@bond.edu.au

CQ University

Professor Lee Di Millia
Email: v.dimilia@cqu.edu.au

Griffith University

Professor David Ellwood
Email: d.ellwood@griffith.edu.au

James Cook University

Professor Philip Pearce
Email: philip.pearce@jcu.edu.au


Professor Ben White
Email: bp.white@qut.edu.au

University of Queensland

Dr Robert Mullins
Email: r.mullins@law.uq.edu.au

University of Southern Queensland

Professor Patrick Danaher
Email: patrick.danaher@usq.edu.au

University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Adrian McCallum
Email: amccallu@usc.edu.au
Facebook: adrian.mccallum
Twitter: @acmccallum