OURS National Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarship

Campus deadline: Noon, August 15, 2022

Campus Application Form (coming soon)

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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.

Prospective applicants must make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes, the Rhodes Scholarship campus representative.

Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Applicants

U.S. Applicants must:

  • be 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 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)
  • be graduating seniors, graduate students, or recent graduates/alumni
  • have minimum 3.7 GPA
  • earn a bachelor’s degree before October of the year applying
  • upon entry to Oxford, 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.

Eligibility Requirements for Non-U.S. Applicants

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

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • academic excellence
  • energy to use talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, including where teamwork is involved)
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in fellow human beings

Application Requirements

  • Online campus application form (coming soon)
  • Personal statement (1,000 words)
  • Academic statement of study (750 words)
  • List of principal college activities and honors
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities and colleges attended
  • Five to eight letters of recommendation (at least four from individuals with whom the applicant has done college-level academic work)


For more information about the Rhodes scholarship and Oxford University, please visit the
Rhodes Scholarship website and the University of Oxford website.