Student Fellowships and Awards
Internal Deadline: September 5, 2013
Liaison: Troy Cross
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A highly prestigious award that enables a student to study at Oxford University for two years with a possibility of a third year. Cecil Rhodes' intention was to strengthen ties between the UK and the rest of the English-speaking world and to advance the careers of those seeking to advance the public good. There is no specific GPA requirement, but a good academic performance is very important. Equally important, however, are certain personal qualities: a demonstrated ability to lead, a commitment to serving the wider community, physical vigor and, in general, energy, ambition, and success in fields of endeavor other than academic study. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.
Applicants for Rhodes scholarships must be U.S. citizens, aged 18 or over but not yet twenty-four on October 1 in the year of application. Interested students who are not U.S. citizens should check the Rhodes website
to see if there is a Rhodes secretary in their country.
Intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for further study in the proposed field.
Interested students should pick up an internal application from Jo Cannon in Eliot 429.
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