The Rhodes Trust

The Rhodes Trust builds a better world through global fellowship programmes that develop and connect compassionate, innovative, and public-spirited people committed to solving humanity’s challenges. There are 80 staff working at Rhodes House in Oxford, as well as a strong international reach with a number of additional overseas staff and many volunteers involved in roles such as selection, alumni relations and class leaders.

The world needs leadership from ethical, creative and courageous people who are able to bridge cultures and disciplines. We therefore:

  • Help people of talent from all walks of life realise their potential to build a better world;
  • Foster leadership through diverse and inclusive learning communities;
  • Amplify impact through lifelong fellowships of mutual support, inspiration and collaboration.

The Rhodes Scholarships, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world, and in all fields of study, who are impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act. They are postgraduate awards providing transformative educational opportunities. Established in 1903, they are the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship programme in the world. Over 8,000 Rhodes Scholars have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, education, the arts, NGOs, commerce, research and other sectors. They are well known advocates for expanded social justice, and have advanced the frontiers of science and medicine.

The Rhodes Trust is currently working towards its 125th Anniversary Strategic plan and in recent years the Rhodes Trust has also partnered with several other remarkable organisations to create:

  • The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, focused on providing postgraduate educational opportunities and building exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.
  • The Atlantic Institute, acting as a knowledge sharing and supportive hub for the seven interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs, assisting this diverse community of leaders working to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies.
  • The Schmidt Science Fellows program, seeking to expand the horizons of the next generation of leaders and innovators in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computing.
  • The Rise program, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, which will build a network of exceptional young people who are committed to helping others throughout their lives.

Our values

Commitment: We serve the Trust’s mission with professionalism and integrity, sharing our individual talents to make a positive collective impact.

Inclusion: We champion equity and embrace a diversity of identities, backgrounds and perspectives.

Belonging: We foster a friendly, empathetic and supportive community.

Growth: We are committed to our own and others' personal and professional development.

Innovation: We are open to new ideas and take a creative and entrepreneurial approach to our work.