The Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa 2019

Application Deadline: 30th September, 2018

In conjunction with the Oxford-Morland-West Africa Graduate Scholarship

Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers more than 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the UK – one of the world’s leading universities. Selection Committees for the Scholarships are looking for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future. The Selection Committees are looking for the following:

  • Academic excellence (e.g. First Class Honours or GPA of minimum 3.7 out of 4.0, or equivalent). Further details on the academic requirements can be found under ‘Eligibility Criteria’ below
  • Energy to use your talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
  • 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 to take an interest in your fellow human beings.

Please see the Scholarships area of the Rhodes Trust website for full details:
The information below assumes that you have read and familiarised yourself with the basic selection criteria for the Rhodes Scholarships on the Rhodes Trust website. You should also pay close attention to the detailed Conditions of Tenure for the Scholarship.

  1. Closing Date

Applications must be submitted online by 23:59 Greenwich Mean Time GMT), Sunday, 30 September 2018

2. Eligibility Criteria

a. Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen of one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo.
b. Education/residency: You must have been resident in one or more of the countries listed above for at least five of the last ten years.
c. Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 26th birthday on 1 October 2019. This means candidates must have been born after 30 September 1993 and on or before 1 October 2000. For medical students and medical doctors the age limit is extended by up to one year to allow them to complete their internship – such candidates must have been born after 30 September 1992 and on or before 1 October 2000.
d. Academic achievement: You must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university
(normally a Bachelor’s degree) with the highest classification your University awards, e.g. First Class or Upper Second Class Honours, or a Distinction in the case of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy courses.
e. English language: You must have a sufficiently high standard of English to meet the English language proficiency requirements (at the Higher Level listed) of the University of Oxford.
f. Given the very intense international competition for places at the University of Oxford, candidates (with the exception of those studying in Nigeria and Ghana, and, for some countries, those studying medicine) will have a greater chance of successful admission to Oxford if they have an Honours degree (or have taken an Honours year from a University outside of their country or if they have studied to Masters level within their country. Please contact your National Secretary if you require further advice. Candidates may wish to consider applying to the
Rhodes Trust’s sister Foundation, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation (, to pursue an Honour’s year or a Master’s degree prior to making an application for the Rhodes Scholarship.
Multi-jurisdictional Candidates: If you meet the eligibility criteria for more than one Rhodes Constituency, you must only apply to one. You should apply to the Rhodes Constituency with which you have the greatest connection.
Inter-jurisdictional Candidates: If, as a result of moving between Rhodes Constituencies, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for any single Rhodes Constituency, you may be eligible to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration. Please visit the ‘Which Scholarship?’ page for further details.

Global Scholarship Candidates: If you are not eligible to apply to any existing Rhodes Constituency (see list here) and you
are not eligible to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration, then you can apply for a Global Scholarship, subject to meeting all other Global Scholarship eligibility criteria and subject to institutional nomination. Please visit the ‘Which
Scholarship?’ page for further details.

Application Procedure

a. You can apply online from 01 June 2018 at Application home via the scholarships tab.

b. You must submit your application online, with all supporting documents, by 23:59 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT),
Sunday, 30 September 2018.

c. In preparation for making your application, you should read carefully the general information for candidates on the Rhodes website, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship, the information in this document and the graduate admissions pages of the University of Oxford: Oxford application.
d. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a social reception (e.g. a lunch or dinner reception) and an interview. No candidate will be selected without interview. You must be available to attend the interview and social reception, in person, as no accommodations can be made on date and time of these events. Interviews will be held in Lagos, on a Saturday between mid- November and early December, with a Dinner with the Selection Committee on the
preceding evening. Overnight accommodation will be provided if necessary. Travel expenses are not normally provided. However, candidates who need to travel to the interview location from their country of origin within the West Africa region, may apply to the National Secretary for financial assistance to travel.
e. All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application.
4. Documents and details to be submitted with application. You must submit a completed application form on-line with the documents and information detailed below. All
documents must be submitted in English, or with English translations included. Please note that, if you are invited to interview, you will be asked to bring the originals of all documents with you:

  • One or more of the following documents to confirm that you meet the citizenship criterion (see 2a above), the residency criterion (see 2b above), and the age criterion (2d above)
  • i. A certified copy of your birth certificate (or an affidavit of birth)
  • ii. A National Identity Card
  • iii. A valid passport (with translation, if necessary)
  • An official transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date).
  • Evidence of residency within the region for at least five of the last ten years, for example official school records.
  • If English is not your first language you should upload evidence of English Language Proficiency (see the Eligibility Criteria above). You should upload a copy of a standardised English test that is recognised by the University of Oxford (e.g. TOEFL / IELTS) along with the test’s marking scheme.

For more information visit the Rhodes Scholarship official application instruction page