Who funds the Rhodes Trust?

The Rhodes Scholarships are funded by the Rhodes Trust and over 2,600 generous donors. All of our donors are listed in the Donor Honour Roll within the Second Century Annual Report. Some of these donors have made gifts towards specific Scholarships, please view our Leadership Donors.

Where does the money come from for the Rhodes scholarship?

Fees are paid by the Rhodes Trust directly to the College, and Rhodes Scholars receive a monthly stipend and assistance with travel expenses to the United Kingdom. The Scholarship is usually awarded for two years, but may be extended to three for some degrees. It funds: all university and college fees.

Who runs the Rhodes scholarship?

Rhodes scholarship, educational grant to the University of Oxford established in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes for the purpose of promoting unity among English-speaking nations. The scholarship’s requirements were revised over the years, and by the early 21st century students from all countries were eligible.

Who are the trustees of the Rhodes Trust?


  • Professor Sir John Bell GBE (Alberta & Magdalen 1975) …
  • Professor Dapo Akande. …
  • Mr Andrew Banks (Florida & St Edmund Hall 1976) …
  • Mr Doug Beck (California & New College 1992) …
  • Ms Neeti Bhalla (Kenya & Templeton 1998) …
  • Professor Elleke Boehmer (South Africa-at-Large and St John’s 1985)
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Who founded the Rhodes Scholarship?

Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902), the imperialist and financier who founded the scholarship, wanted Rhodes Scholars to be “the best men for the world’s fight.” The Rhodes Trust rewarded those who survived a withering competition with three years at Oxford University, all expenses paid.

What happened to Cecil Rhodes money?

In his will Cecil left a fortune in excess of £3 million to fund the famous Rhodes scholarships that enable students, primarily from former British territories, to study at Oxford University.

How selective is the Rhodes scholarship?

Globally, the selection rate is even more competitive, and has been reported as low as around 0.7 percent. This makes the Rhodes one of the most selective scholarships in existence.

Do all Rhodes Scholars go to Oxford?

Each year, 32 scholars from the United States are among more than 100 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. The first U.S. Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

How many Rhodes scholars does Harvard have?

Harvard’s American Rhodes Scholars now number 379. This year’s honorees will begin their graduate studies next October.

How much is a Rhodes scholarship worth?

Rhodes scholarships average $70,000 per year and cover all expenses for two or three (in some cases, four) years of graduate study. Recipients are free to study the full range of disciplines offered at Oxford, including life sciences, arts and humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the physical sciences.

Who selects Rhodes Scholars?

U.S. Rhodes Scholarship Winners

These outstanding students are selected from a pool of candidates nominated by their colleges and universities. They commence their studies at Oxford the following October, widely across the University’s academic disciplines.

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Where does the name Rhodes Scholar come from?

The Rhodes Scholarship, and the scholars who are distinguished by this achievement, was created by and named after the British mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes.

Who was Sir Cecil Rhodes?

Rhodes was an imperialist, businessman and politician who played a dominant role in southern Africa in the late 19th Century, driving the annexation of vast swathes of land. He founded the De Beers diamond firm which until recently controlled the global trade.