The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field. Through the years, Rhodes Scholars have pursued studies in all of the varied fields available at the University of Oxford.

Mr. Rhodes wanted the administrators of his Will to seek out those qualities of excellence in young people which would contribute to “the world’s fight.” He specifically directed that no candidate for a Scholarship should be qualified or disqualified on account of race or religious opinions.


At the time of application, an applicant must be:

  • a citizen of the United States, or
  • a lawful permanent resident of the United States prior to and including at least 5 years of the application deadline.
  • at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application).
  • sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.

The applicant must be eligible to apply through one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia:  either in the state where he or she was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where he or she will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.  (U.S. citizens who are residents of U.S. territories are only eligible to apply if they will have at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree from a college or university in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.)

The applicant must produce:

  1. the endorsement of his or her college or university.
  2. five, but not more than eight, letters of recommendation.  At least four of these must be persons from whom you have received undergraduate or graduate instruction, and at least one letter (the fifth) must speak to your character.
  3. a personal statement not exceeding 1000 words which the applicant must attest as wholly truthful and his or her own work.  Please click on link below for specific statement and certification requirements.
  4. a list of principal activities.
  5. proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status.
  6. a certified transcript (or transcripts).
  7. a passport-size photograph.

The applicant must be prepared to attend a reception and personal interview, and remain for possible re-interviews and the election announcement, in the city serving the respective district region, on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving holiday.  A link above on this page titled 'District Regions' will display where interviews will be held, and the states within each district.  Please be aware that there may be changes in interview locations and the states grouped within districts from year to year.


All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford. Average scholarship is around $50,000.

Scholarship Website:http://www.rhodesscholar.org/applying-for-the-scholarship/