The Rhodes Scholarship fully funds postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in England and is among the oldest and most prestigious postgraduate scholarships in the world.

Each year, one Rhodes Scholar from Hong Kong is selected on the basis of intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service, to join 95 other Rhodes Scholars from around the world. The Scholarship provides all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

Rhodes Scholars as selected from people determined to better the world around them. They include well-known advocates for expanded social justice, sustainable development, medical innovation and scientific breakthroughs.

The Rhodes Scholarship aspires to create outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight ‘the world’s fight’, to ‘esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim’ and to promote international understanding and peace.  Studying at the University of Oxford will give the chosen Scholars access to world-class academicians in their field as well as a 7000 strong Rhodes alumni network, many of whom are well known advocates for expanded social justice and have advanced the frontiers of science and medicine. 

The first Rhodes Scholar for Hong Kong entered Oxford in 1986. To date, there have been 38 Rhodes Scholars for Hong Kong, who have pursued a variety of careers in fields including public service, academia, business, law and medicine.

The applications for the Rhodes Scholarship for Hong Kong for entry in October 2024 is now open. Apply here before the deadline of midnight, Hong Kong time, 29 September 2023.

The Scholarship is open to permanent residents of Hong Kong who have received no less than 5 of the last 10 years of education in Hong Kong, or citizens of the People's Republic of China who are studying at (or have obtained an Honours degree from) a university in Hong Kong.  It is also open to those who have lived in Hong Kong for no less than 7 years, who have received no less than 5 of the last 10 years of education in Hong Kong and can demonstrate a strong personal connection with Hong Kong.  Candidates must have reached their 19th and not have passed their 25th birthday on 1 October of the year of entry. Candidates must also have completed (or be due to complete by August of the year of entry) an Honours degree or equivalent qualification in Hong Kong or elsewhere.

Please note that candidates who are eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship in Hong Kong as well as the Rhodes Scholarship for China or Scholarships for other constitutes must select only one scholarship to apply for, as applications in more than one constituency is not permitted.

Details of the Scholarship can be obtained from the Hong Kong Rhodes Scholarship webpage. Applicants are required to make online application and submit all the supporting documents by the application deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

For background and history of the Rhodes Scholarship, please click here.
For profiles of previous Rhodes Scholars for Hong Kong, please click here  .
Inquiries can be made to   

Rhodes - The Second Century

The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with the Second Century Founders, John McCall MacBain O.C. and The Atlantic Philanthropies, and many other generous benefactors.

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