It’s never too late to think about what you want to do with the rest of your life. Oxford Next Horizons is a six-month experience for mid to late career participants with expertise in any field, giving you time to think, explore, and reinvent.

Stepping back to step forward

Join us in the first programme of its kind in Europe, based at the world’s oldest English-speaking university. You will leave with new energy, new ideas, new perspectives, and a new network of friends and mentors.

  • Personal exploration – what’s next for me?
  • Engagement with the world’s biggest challenges and how Oxford’s leading thinkers are addressing them - what’s next for the world?
  • Opportunities to learn from and build community with a cohort of peers, and to engage across generations
  • A chance to recommit, to shape the impact you want to make – what’s next for me in the world?

Applications for our 2025 cohort close 12 February 2024. Find out more about applying.

  • The Oxford Experience

    Oxford is an inspiring place that has convened bright minds and sparked curiosity for nearly a thousand years.

    Join us in the first programme of its kind in Europe, based at the world’s oldest English-speaking university, and be a part of two of Oxford’s unique communities, the Rhodes Trust and Harris Manchester College.

  • How Does the Programme Work?

    The six months programme over two terms is an experience in Oxford with peers and our wider community. It draws on deep intellectual resources across the University and enables participants to connect with two unique communities within it – Harris Manchester College, Oxford’s only college devoted to non-traditional age students, and Rhodes House, home of the world’s oldest international graduate scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship. 

    Oxford Next Horizons also draws on the unique traditions of Oxford’s educational system, offering direct access to world-class expertise, learning through peer to peer debate and discussion, and deeper exploration through individual endeavour, including the opportunity to participate in Oxford-style tutorials.  

  • Who Are We Looking For?

    We are looking for seekers – people with curiosity, humility, and a willingness to learn from others, who want to build friendships and deep connections with others from many walks of life.

    You will join a small group of individuals with rich life experience and build a community of mutual support, inspiration, and collaboration – not only with each other but also with a younger generation of Oxford students.


  • What does Next Horizons cost?

    The full fee for the 2025 programme is £31,500. This does not include the cost of housing, travel or immigration, which are the responsibility of an individual Scholar. Fee levels are reviewed for each annual iteration of the programme.

    Next Horizons is able to offer scholarships to those who would not otherwise have access to the resources to attend the programme. We are grateful to several supporters who have made this possible.

    If you would need scholarship support in order to be able to participate, please indicate this on your application.

    Please note that fee levels are reviewed annually and may be different for future cohorts from those quoted here.