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Rhodes Scholarships Queensland applications

Applications for the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship are now closed and will open again in July, 2018.

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 Kathleen O'Hare.

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.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply in 2018 for a 2019 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 an honours or masters degree (or international equivalent) by 15 June 2018, 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.

Not sure whether you meet the criteria?

Read Should I apply for an Australian Rhodes Scholarship? for advice on how to make sure you consider all aspects of your talents, achievements and interests that might be relevant to the selection criteria.

When to apply

Applications open on 1 July and close on 14 September 2017.

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 addressing the selection criteria, and include your academic records, CV (curriculum vitae) and proposed course of study at Oxford. You also need to nominate six referees.

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

Date and timeUniversityLocation

Fri 12 May 2017, 11am-12pm

University of Queensland

St Lucia 
Building 33

Thu 13 July 2017, 12pm-1pm

Griffith University

Nathan campus 
N54, Room 2.06

Gold Coast campus via videolink
G11, Learning Commons
Room 4.01

Mon 24 July 2017, 1pm-2pm

Queensland University of Technology

Gardens Point
Gibson Room
Z Block

Regional information session

A designated regional information session will be delivered by video-conferencing at these Central Queensland University campuses on Friday 21 July 2017 from 1pm-2pm:

Townsville A block, level 1, room 1.10
Biloela Building 1, ground floor, room G.10
Cairns Building 1, level 3, room 3.42
Yeppoon Building 3, ground floor, room G.01
Noosa A block, level 1, room 1.06
Brisbane Building 1, level 8, room 8.07
Bundaberg Building 3, ground floor, room G.24
Gladstone Marina Building 603, ground floor, room G.27
Gladstone City Block B, level 1, room 1.08
Mackay City Building 2, ground floor, room G.01
Mackay Ooralea Building 6, ground floor, room G.03
Rockhampton North Building 29, ground floor, room G.07
Rockhampton City C block, level 1, room 1.03


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:

Bond University
Professor Jim Smith
Professor Andrew Bridges
Griffith University
Professor Patrick Weller AO
James Cook University
Professor Philip Pearce
Professor Ben White
University of Queensland
Dr Robert Mullins
University of Southern Queensland
Professor Barbara de la Harpe
University of the Sunshine Coast
Dr Adrian McCallum
Facebook: adrian.mccallum
Twitter: @acmccallum


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