Rhodes Post-graduate Scholarship for West Africans 2018

Rhodes Post-graduate Scholarship for West Africans 2018

Deadline: September 30, 2017

Applications are open for the Rhodes Scholarship for West Africans 2018. The Rhodes Scholarship is administered by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom. Scholarships are awarded in 20 Rhodes constituencies (64 different countries) around the world. Selection Committees for the Rhodes Scholarship are looking for outstanding leaders who are motivated to engage with global challenges, to ‘esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim’, and to promote international understanding and peace. In short, Selection Committees seek young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service, and who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as ‘leaders for the world’s future’.


  • The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses. The basic tenure of the Scholarship is two years, subject always to satisfactory academic performance and personal conduct.


  • 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;
  • You must have been resident in one or more of the countries listed above for at least five of the last ten years;
  • You must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with the highest classification your University awards, eg First Class or Upper Second Class Honours;
  • You must have reached your 19th and not have passed your 26th birthday on 1 October 2018. This means candidates must have been born after 30 September 1992 and on or before October 1, 1999;
  • 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.


  • Applicants may apply online;
  • All candidates are required to ensure that their completed electronic application is received online by midnight, GMT, 30 September 2017. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that referees submit their references online no later than midnight, GMT, October 14, 2017;
  • In preparation for making their application, all candidates 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 interview. No candidate will be selected without interview. You must be available to attend the interview, in person, as no accommodations can be made on date and time of interview. The interviews will take the format of a Dinner with the Selection Committee, followed by a Panel Interview the following day, most likely on a Friday evening/Saturday between mid-November/early December. Interviews will be held in Lagos. 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;
  • Candidates who do not receive further communication by the end of November should assume that their application has been unsuccessful.

For more information, visit Rhodes Scholarship.