Rhodes Scholarship

Campus Deadline: 2021 deadline has passed; 2022 TBA 

The Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most competitive and prestigious awards, funds two to 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.

The Rhodes Scholarship has a campus process and requires a U.C. Berkeley campus endorsement. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. The campus deadline is typically in early August and the national deadline typically in early October. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Applicants

Open to: Graduating seniors, graduate students, recent graduates/alumni

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (for five years prior to applying) 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 of the year applying
  • 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.
  • Previous applicants who are still eligible may only re-apply once

Please note: In addition to the 32 awards offered each year to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, 100 Rhodes Scholarships are available to citizens of the following countries: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, East Africa (including Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi), Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean (includes Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands), Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, and Swaziland), Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, West Africa (Including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe and Togo), Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Please refer to the following link to determine the application requirements and deadlines for your country https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/which-scholarship/.


As of 2018, two new Global Scholarships are available to candidates from any country that is not an existing Rhodes jurisdiction identified above.

Campus Deadline for Global Rhodes applicants: Noon, July 16, 2021

Please go to the Global Rhodes information page for more details on the UC Berkeley application process.

Application Requirements

Applicants MUST submit the following for the campus competition:

  • A completed online campus application form which includes the following:
    • Personal statement (1,000 words in length; written in as simple and direct a manner as possible; set in a typeface no smaller than 10 points)
    • Academic statement of study (750 words)
    • 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.

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