Applying for the Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship application is available each year in early July.
The annual application deadline is 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time on the first Wednesday of October.
District receptions and interviews are held annually on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving holiday. Districts will notify candidates regarding interview status at differing intervals, but in all cases no later than two weeks prior to the interviews. Election announcements are made at the conclusion of the Saturday interviews.
For those contemplating application, rules and requirements will remain similar from year to year. However there is an important change in the essay requirement beginning in 2014. Also, some states may move to different districts from time to time in order to keep the number of candidates applying in each district as close as possible. Applicants should always consult the last page of the Memorandum of Regulations for specific details concerning district composition.
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Please review carefully the materials for applicants posted on this site for complete application information. While not exhaustive, the following is a quick guide to eligibility:
At the time of application, an applicant must be:
- a citizen of the United States; pending citizenship does not qualify.
- 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:
- the endorsement of his or her college or university.
- five, but not more than eight, letters of recommendation. Four of these must be from individuals who are qualified to advise selection committees about the applicant’s academic ability and standing.
- a personal essay not exceeding 1000 words which must be certified by the applicant as wholly truthful and his or her own work. Please click on link below for specific essay and certification requirements.
- a list of principal activities.
- a certified transcript (or transcripts).
- a passport-size photograph.
- proof of citizenship.
The applicant must be prepared to appear for a reception and personal interview, and remain for possible reinterviews and the election announcement, in the city serving the respective district region, on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving holiday. Telephone and electronic interviews are not permitted. A link on this page will display where interviews will be held, and the states within each district are also shown. Please be aware that there may be changes in interview locations and the states grouped within districts from year to year.