The Rhodes Scholarship, initiated in 1902, is the oldest international scholarship. It was created to bring outstanding students from around the world to the University of Oxford. American Rhodes Scholars are selected by regional committees that choose 32 scholars each year representing the 50 states. Selection committees seek qualities that offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The scholarships are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals and thus seek applications from talented students without restriction to field of academic specialization or career plans. However 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.
The Rhodes Trust Selection Committees place in highest regard the qualities that Cecil Rhodes listed as the ideal Rhodes Scholar: a high standard of proven intellectual and academic achievement; integrity; interest in and respect for fellow beings; ability to lead; and energy to use talents to the fullest.
Though Rhodes believed that the last of these qualities was best tested through athletics, participation in organized sports is not essential if applicants can demonstrate in other ways the physical vigor that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the world around them. Rhodes also hoped his scholars would come to “esteem the performance of public duties as [their] highest aim” and be intellectually, morally, and physically capable of leadership in any field.
Rhodes Scholarships are tenable at the University of Oxford and are normally held for two or three years. Deferment is not allowed. At the discretion of Rhodes Trustees, scholarships may be renewed for a third year for those pursuing a doctorate and whose progress is deemed satisfactory.
Rhodes Scholars are expected to be enrolled as full-time students at Oxford. Scholars elected in November 2015 will enter Oxford in October 2016.
The value of Rhodes Scholarships cover all tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend of at least $11,500 annually. Rhodes Trustees will assist successful applicants with travel expenses to and from Oxford. The Rhodes Trust takes no financial responsibility for a scholar’s spouse.
All U.S. applicants for the Rhodes scholarship must receive a letter of endorsement from their home university. UM students who wish to be considered for endorsement submit a UK Fellowships Preliminary Application to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Scholarships by May 15, 2015 (extended from May 1st).The preliminary application helps the UM fellowship advising staff better understand your goals and provide personalized guidance during the summer months when most international fellowship application preparation takes place. If you miss the preliminary deadline, you may still be considered for endorsement by completing the Rhodes Scholarship Full Campus Application by August 10, 2015.
May 15, 2015 (extended from May 1st)
Preliminary UK Fellowships Application is due to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships. Students/Alumni who miss this deadline may still be considered for endorsement by submitting the full campus application (see instructions above).
August 10, 2015
The Rhodes Scholarship Full Campus Application is due to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for review and possible endorsement.
Campus interviews are held.
October 7, 2015
UM nominees must submit online applications and supporting materials to the Rhodes Trust.
November 20-21, 2015
District interviews will be held and recipients announced.