Rhodes Scholarships

As the world’s oldest and most prestigious awards for graduate study, the Rhodes Scholarships send outstanding students from around the world to Oxford University. Based on eligibility, candidates can apply in one of 20 countries and constituencies, including but not limited to the United States, Canada, Jamaica, South Africa, China, India, Australia, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, West Africa, and Malaysia.

Students and alumni interested in applying for a Rhodes Scholarship are strongly encouraged to attend an information session and meet with the director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships to learn more about the application process.

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You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply in 2017-18 for the Rhodes Scholarship:

  • Meet the citizenship and residency requirements identified here by the Rhodes Trust
  • Meet the age requirements (age limits vary, but students must typically be 18-25)
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree before October 2018
  • Possess a competitive GPA. There is no minimum GPA; most competitive applicants for Rhodes endorsement have a GPA of 3.800 or higher.
  • Receive UNC’s endorsement through the Office of Distinguished Scholarships

Application Deadline

US Competition: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Note: Other competitions may have final deadlines that are much earlier. Check with ODS re: endorsement for non-US competitions.

Tips & Advice

Applicants interested in applying for the Rhodes Scholarship should:

  • Review the ODS “Tips & Advice” document for general advice on applying for a distinguished award
  • Thoroughly investigate both the degree programs at Oxford
  • Carefully review the Rhodes FAQs for your country/region (for general Rhodes FAQs, click here)
  • Attend the ODS Prep-Shop (do not bring portions or drafts of statements)
  • Meet with the ODS director to discuss your application and submit a list of principal activities, preferably before the end of the spring semester. Applicants will receive advice to consider over the summer as they prepare for the endorsement deadline.

Students may apply for multiple scholarship awards simultaneously, but pay careful attention to differences in guidelines for personal statements. For the Rhodes Scholarship, please advise those providing recommendations for you that they may not give any suggestions regarding personal statements.

Recent Rhodes Scholarship Recipients

Sarah Bufkin ’13 (2014-15)

Rachel Myrick ’13 (2013-14)