The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award that supports exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship is one of the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars and join an international group of Scholars chosen from more than 64 different countries to form a class of about 100 scholars.
Award: Rhodes Scholarships are tenable at the University of Oxford. Scholarships are normally held for two or three years depending on the course of study. Scholars can apply for a masters’ degree, a second bachelors’ degree, or a doctorate. Scholars may do two one-year taught master’s degrees, but may not receive a third year’s funding. The Rhodes Scholarship funds all university and college fees, a living stipend (about £15,000 per year), and two plane tickets to travel to and from Oxford.
Criteria: Committees of Selection will have regard to those qualities which Cecil Rhodes desired in scholars: (1) Proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard, (2) Integrity of character, (3) Interest in and respect for their fellow beings and the ability to lead, and (4) The energy to use their talents to the full. Mr. Rhodes expected his scholars to play an influential part in the betterment of society, wherever their careers might take them. He desired that his scholars be intellectually, morally, and physically capable of leadership in any field.
Based on eligibility, candidates can apply to scholarships in one of 22 constituencies around the world as well as the Global Rhodes Scholarships. If you hold citizenship outside the U.S., click here to find your constituency.
Applicants must be endorsed by the Office of Distinguished Scholarships in order to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the ODS director to learn more about the application process.
At the time of application, an applicant must:
- be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1, of the application-submission year). An exception will be made in the case of older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual. In these cases you must: have not reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 01 October 1993) AND your first undergraduate degree must have been (or will be) awarded on or after 1 October of the prior calendar year.
- have completed (or will have completed by June / July following the application-submission year) an undergraduate degree from a college or university with a GPA of 3.7 higher
Notice: If you are a selected as a Mitchell Finalist, you must withdraw applications for the Rhodes & Marshall. Please be advised that this is ONLY applicable for applicants who submitted to the Rhodes and or Marshall Scholarships in conjunction with being selected as a finalist for the Mitchell.
How to apply for UNC endorsement
- Review the Rhodes Scholarship Timeline
- Request Five to Eight (5-8) Letters of Recommendation (for US applicants) or Six (6) Letters of Recommendation (for Canadian applicants)
- Use the Recommender Name Submission Form to request letters. (Do not enter recommender names into the Rhodes online portal at this stage.)
- Apply for UNC Endorsement with the Application for UNC Endorsement Form
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org your CV or resume and indicate that you are interested in applying to the Rhodes Scholarship to receive the Rhodes application prompts. Please indicate which constituency you are applying through.
- Prepare and upload a single PDF that includes (in this order)
- Current CV or List of Principal Activities
- Completed Rhodes Application
- This will be emailed to you from ODS
- You may also include a copy of your completed essay prompts typed into a separate document (ex: MS Word, Google Docs, etc.) and converted to a PDF.
- Please list the required word count and the associated word count of your responses
- All relevant unofficial transcripts
Resources for applicants
- Review the ODS “Tips & Advice” document for advice on applying for a distinguished award
- Thoroughly read the following Rhodes rules and guidelines:
- Changes to Rhodes Scholarship Personal Statement
- ODS information sessions and prep-shops
- Schedule a meeting with the ODS director to discuss your application and receive advice to consider as you prepare for the endorsement deadline. Non-local applicants may schedule meetings via Zoom or phone. (Note: You may not receive feedback on your Rhodes personal statement. We encourage you to schedule a meeting before you begin writing.)
Applicants may apply for multiple scholarship awards simultaneously, including the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships. However, pay careful attention to differences in guidelines for personal statements.