The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate fellowship given to exceptional students around the world who are given the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most prestigious international scholarship annually given to 83 students from 14 different countries. Those who are awarded this prominent scholarship have exhibited literary and scholastic achievements, the ambition to use one’s talents the their fullest, courage, truth, devotion to duty, kindliness, and sympathy for and protection of the weak, and leadership skills that displayed moral character and an interest in the need of others.
Each Rhodes Scholar is selected through a committee of Rhodes alumni and distinguished members of the community. Applicants apply via the Rhodes website where men and women of different backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The 14 participating countries include Bermuda, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean, New Zealand, Kenya, Pakistan, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi. Swaziland, Zambia, the United States and Zimbabwe.
Previous Rhodes Scholarship recipients include Edwin Hubble, James William Fulbright, Bill Clinton, George Stephanopoulos, Kris Kristofferson, Naomi Wolf, and Terrence Malik.
Andrew Charlton was a Rhodes Scholar in 2001 after he graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics in Accounting, Finance, and Economics. During his time at the University of Oxford, he received a Masters and Doctorate in Economics with an emphasis in International Finance. He was awarded the Edgeworth Prize for the best doctoral thesis in economics and the John Hicks Prize for an outstanding doctoral student while attending the University of Economics. He previously worked at the London School of Economics and the United Nations. He was the senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and the senior representative to the G20 Leaders Forum from 2008 to 2010. He has published two books on the topic of world economics and was named a Young Global Leader in 2010 by the World Economic Forum.