Rhodes Scholarships for East African Students to Study Abroad 2019-2020


One of the part of the world that needs Scholarship in the World today, are the Students from the slums of East Africa. That’s why the UK government is delighted to over the Rhodes Scholarships for East African Students to Study Abroad 2019-2020. The Scholarships is designed to allow excellent students to get the best of Education at the prestigious Oxford University UK.

This post is a clear guide on how to successfully apply for the Rhodes Scholarships for East African Students.

Why Rhodes Scholarships?

The Rhodes Scholarship, named after the Anglo-South African mining magnate and politician Cecil John Rhodes, is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford. It is widely considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships. Established in 1902, it was the first large-scale programme of international scholarships, inspiring the creation of a great many other awards across the globe (such as the Fulbright program, Marshall Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Scholarship, and Schwarzman Scholars).

Scholarship terms:

Rhodes Scholars may study any full-time postgraduate course offered by the university, whether a taught master’s programme, a research degree, or a second undergraduate degree (senior status). In the first instance, the scholarship is awarded for two years. However, it may also be held for one year or three years. Applications for a third year are considered during the course of the second year. University and college fees are paid by the Rhodes Trust.

In addition, scholars receive a monthly maintenance stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses. Although all scholars become affiliated with a residential college while at Oxford, they also enjoy access to Rhodes House, an early 20th-century mansion with numerous public rooms, gardens, a library, study areas, and other facilities.

Know more about Rhodes Scholarships for East Africa Students 

The Rhodes Trust has announced a new Rhodes Scholarship for East Africa. Young people aged 19-25 from the region will be eligible for the new Scholarship when annual applications open later this year. Detailed eligibility criteria will be published soon at www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply.

The new Scholarship will cover Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Burundi. Scholarships are already available for Kenya and also for Zambia, Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, and the West Africa region. The Rhodes Trust is funding the first two years of the Scholarship itself and is actively looking for partners to endow the Scholarship in perpetuity.

The new East Africa Scholarship is part of a wider geographic expansion of the Rhodes Scholarships. The total number of Scholarships awarded each year has increased in recent years from 83 to 100 each year, including new Scholarships in China, West Africa, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia (reinstated), Palestine, Singapore (reinstated), Syria, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as two new global Scholarships.

This increases the number of Rhodes Scholars studying at the University of Oxford at any one time to approximately 250. The expansion into these regions marks a historic moment for the Rhodes Trust, and further strengthens the international Rhodes community.

Required Level:

This scholarship is for fully funded  Postgraduate studies 

Field of Study:

The scholarship is available for any field of study the students want to go for

Host Nationality:

The Rhodes scholarship is an Educational tradition of the United Kingdom Government. The Scholarship is  designed for International students to Study in the UK

Eligible Nationalities:

This scholarship is available to scholars from East African Nations amongst which includes Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda.

Scholarship Worth:

This a fully funded scholarship program which implies that all of the students’ financial responsibilities will be adequately taken care of amongst other benefits

Scholarship Eligibility:

Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen of Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda.

Education/Residency: You must have been resident in one or more of the countries listed above, or Kenya, for at least five of the last ten years.

Age: You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 26th birthday on 1 October 2019, which means you must have been born after 30 September 1993 and on or before 1 October 2000.

Exceptions, extending the upper age limit by no more than 2 years, may be made for students who have undertaken an undergraduate degree of five years or more, at the discretion of the National Secretary. In such cases, exceptions will only be considered for applicants born after 30 September 1991 and on or before 1 October 2000.

Academic Requirements:

You must have completed (or will have completed by no later than July 2019) an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) to a sufficiently high standard to be admitted to postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. This would normally be the equivalent of a First Class or a GPA of 3.7 or more. In this respect, please note carefully the requirements for your chosen course at Oxford.

English Language requirement: 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: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide.

Given the very intense international competition for places at the University of Oxford, candidates studying in Burundi or South Sudan 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.

Rhodes Application Procedures for East African Students 2019:

Eligible applicants are advised to follow this method of application for this scholarship[ program for East African students

  • You can apply online from 01 June 2019 at http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk via the scholarships tab.
  • You must submit your application online, with all supporting documents, by 23:59 East Africa Time (EAT), Friday, 31 August 2019.
  • 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: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate
  • 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 an 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 Kigali, Rwanda, in later October / early November. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed for interview candidates traveling from outside of Rwanda. Overnight accommodation will be provided if necessary.
  • All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application by 15 November 2019.

Required Documents:

You can also contact the National Secretary for East Africa
Mrs. Janet Kabiru

Email: info.eastafrica@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk

Information for east Africa candidates

Guidance for referees-East Africa 

For more information on application please see this Official link for Rhodes scholarship

Application Deadline:

The deadline for this application is on the 31 August


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