Rhodes: UNC Endorsement Application


Three separate forms must be submitted prior to the endorsement deadline in order to complete your application. These include:

  • Personal Information form
  • Upload Application form
  • Submit Recommenders form

We have separated the forms so that you may complete the steps at different times. These forms cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.

Personal Information Form

This form allows you to provide information about you, your education, and your future plans to ODS and the Rhodes Selection Committee. You may complete this form prior to submitting your other application materials.

Personal Information Form

Personal Statement

Your Rhodes personal statement cannot exceed 1,000 words. According to The Rhodes Trust, “The statement should describe the applicant’s academic and other interests, and describe the specific areas of proposed study and the reasons for wishing to study at Oxford. The statement should be written in as simple and direct a manner as possible and set in a typeface no smaller than 10 points.”

Find more tips from The Rhodes Trust here, view their video about the Rhodes personal statement here, and click here to find specific advice for the Rhodes. Sample personal statements are available to view in the ODS office.

Note: You will be asked to sign a statement confirming that this essay is your own work and that no external help was given in its creation or editing. Email ODS if you would like to talk generally about your application for the Rhodes, but we cannot provide feedback on your personal statement.

List of Principal Activities

Provide a list of principal activities (not to exceed two pages), including prizes, scholarships, honors, offices held, athletic accomplishments, and extracurricular activities. If you have graduated from UNC, you may include activities post-graduation. Email ODS if you would like to receive feedback. Samples are available to view in the ODS office.

University Transcripts

Provide a copy of your current unofficial UNC transcript, including your latest semester’s grades. Click here for information on how to obtain your transcript online. If you have taken higher education courses that are not reflected on your transcript, provide those transcripts as well. If you are chosen for endorsement, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Rhodes Scholarships.


Provide a high-resolution head shot photograph (.jpg or .jpeg file) for promotional purposes. It does not need to be professionally taken.


  • Personal statement, list, transcripts, photograph
UPLOAD APPLICATION FORM: Save all documents as PDFs and submit them here

Letters of Recommendation

Request 4-8 letters of recommendation directly from faculty using the form linked below. We encourage you contact your recommenders at least one month prior to the endorsement deadline and to share your personal statement, résumé, and future goals with all recommenders.

When choosing recommenders, consider the following:

  • At least three of these letters should come from professors from whom you have received undergraduate or graduate instruction. (It is preferable to choose a professor instead of a teaching assistant.)
  • At least one letter must speak to your character. Be sure to ask someone who knows you well and can give specific comments on your character and potential for success outside of your scholarly work and interests.
  • If you are endorsed, you will need to collect additional letters for a total of 5-8 letters. Of those, at least 4 must be academic.

When you complete the following form, your recommenders will receive an email with instructions to upload their letters as PDFs. You should ask potential recommenders personally before completing this form.

Recommendations should be signed, on letterhead, and addressed to The Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee. Letters should not exceed 2 pages. Please read this letter of guidance and share it with individuals you ask to write a letter of recommendation. Contact ODS if you need advice on choosing and contacting a recommender.

Recommenders who have questions should contact ODS directly.

Submit Recommenders Form


After You Apply

Interviews with UNC Selection Committee

After reviewing the applications for endorsement, the UNC Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee will invite competitive applicants to participate in an on-campus interview. Applicants who are unavailable for on-campus interviews should contact ODS prior to the endorsement application deadline to discuss other interview options. Endorsed candidates will be notified soon after the interviews.

Next Steps for Endorsed Candidates

Endorsed candidates will be able to work with ODS to polish their applications prior to the Rhodes Scholarship deadline. All application materials must be submitted online to the Rhodes Scholarship before the final deadline. The applicant is responsible for submitting all materials online except the letters of recommendation, which must be submitted online by the recommenders.  Those who encounter difficulties should contact ODS. Endorsed applicants should provide a copy of their final application materials to ODS.

Finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship are notified in early/mid November and invited to interview in their region. ODS will organize practice interviews prior to the finalist interviews. Finalist interviews are held in sixteen different regions by the Rhodes Scholarship selection committees the weekend before Thanksgiving. Finalists will be notified in-person at their interviews if they have been selected as a Rhodes Scholar. Read more about the interviews in Q16 and Q17 of the Rhodes FAQ.