Applying for the Scholarship

image of Students having tea in the garden of the Vault Cafe with All Souls College in the background
Students having tea in the garden of the Vault Cafe with All Souls College in the background © Rob Judges Photography / University of Oxford Images

The Rhodes Scholarship application is available each year in early July.

In 2017, the application deadline is 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

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 generally remain similar from year to year.

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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 or a lawful permanent resident of the United States on April 15 in the year of application. The requirement in previous years to have maintained five years of lawful permanent residency prior to application is no longer observed.
  • eligible to apply through one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or one of the U.S. territories: either in the state or territory where the applicant was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where the applicant will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.
  • 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).

An applicant with dual citizenship or applying as a United States lawful permanent resident shall not have applied for the Scholarship as a citizen or permanent resident of another country, may not apply in two jurisdictions at once, and may not apply in a different national jurisdiction after having applied in the United States.

To apply, the applicant must produce:

  1. proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status.

  2. a certified transcript (or transcripts).

  3. a list of principal activities.

  4. a clear, printable head and shoulders photograph (preferably high resolution).

  5. the endorsement of the applicant's college or university.

  6. five, but not more than eight, letters of recommendation.  At least four of these letters must be persons from whom the applicant has received undergraduate or graduate instruction, and at least one letter (the fifth) must speak to the applicant's character.

  7. a personal statement not exceeding 1000 words which the applicant must attest as wholly truthful and his or her own work. 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. Selection committees will place special emphasis on the personal statement and it may be forwarded to Oxford colleges to which Rhodes Scholars-elect apply for admission. Committees may, in their discretion, reject any personal statement which fails to meet these requirements.

The applicant must be prepared to attend 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.  A link above on this page titled 'District Regions' will display where interviews will be held, and the states and territories within each district.  Please be aware that there may be changes in interview locations and the states and territories grouped within districts from year to year.

 

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