Rhodes Scholarship

Campus Application Deadline:  Summer 2020

2020 Campus Application Instructions: Available in spring 2020

2020 Campus UK Scholarship Common Application: Available in spring 2020

The Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most competitive and prestigious awards, funds two or three years of post-bachelor study at Oxford University in Great Britain. The award covers educational and living expenses. Initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the scholarships bring outstanding students from nineteen countries and five continents to Oxford University. Thirty-two American Rhodes Scholars are selected each year. Rhodes Scholars may pursue either a second bachelor's degree or a higher degree.

Eligibility requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States on April 15 on the year of application.
  • DACA status applicants. DACA applicants will be requested to provide appropriate documentation regarding their status (an approved I-797 letter confirming DACA status and a U.S. Employment Authorization Card displaying valid dates)
  • Must have a minimum 3.7 GPA
  • Earn a bachelor's degree before October 2021
  • As of 2020, upon entry to Oxford, the candidate must either be under 25 years of age or up to a maximum age of 28 years old if you have completed your undergraduate degree within the last two years.
  • As of 2020, previous applicants who are still eligible may only re-apply once

Selection criteria

The selectors look for outstanding intellectual and academic achievement. Applicants must also show integrity of character, interest in and concern for others, leadership ability, and the energy to fully use their talents.

Application requirements

Applicants MUST submit the following for the campus competition:

  • A completed online campus application form which includes the following:
    • Personal statement concluding with the following signed statement:
      (1,000 words in length, and should be written in as simple and direct a manner as possible. It should be set in a typeface no smaller than 10 points)
    • List of principal college activities and honors.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities and colleges you have attended
    • Five to eight letters of recommendation (at least four must be from persons with whom the applicant has done academic work at a college or university)

 Rhodes applicants should make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes. If you are a recent graduate without an @berkeley.edu address, you must also contact Alicia Hayes to schedule an advising appointment in order to gain access to the campus application.

Applications must be endorsed by UC Berkeley before they can be submitted to the Rhodes Trust. In the endorsement process, the campus selection committee reviews application materials and selects Berkeley's nominees.

For more information about the Rhodes scholarship and Oxford University, please visit the following sites: