Oxford and the Rhodes Scholarships

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Jesus College quadrangleJesus College was founded in 1571 - the only Oxford college to have been founded during the reign of Elizabeth I.© Matt Stuart / University of Oxford Images

The purpose of this brochure is to inform prospective applicants and their advisors about the special character of the Rhodes Scholarships and the opportunities for study which they provide in one of the world's most ancient and distinguished universities. For convenience, the discussion is divided into three parts. The first provides a brief sketch of the history of the Rhodes Scholarships; the second describes Oxford's approach to learning; and the third discusses the procedures for application, criteria for selection, and the selection process in the United States.

An Appendix provides the following information: a statement of the worldwide distribution of the Rhodes Scholarships; a table showing the States of the Union grouped into the sixteen Districts formed for the purpose of electing Rhodes Scholars in the United States; and a list of Oxford colleges, with dates of foundation. Publications useful for further information are also listed.

The Rhodes Trust and Oxford University require that selection for a Scholarship and for admission to the University will be without regard to marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, social background, or disability.

For further information, download the U.S. Rhodes Trust brochure in PDF

Applying for the 2015 Rhodes Scholarships