The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Rhodes Scholarship Internal Application Instructions

This scholarship requires applicants to be nominated by Reed College. Complete the internal application in order to compete for a nomination from the college. Nomination decisions will be made by the Reed faculty Fellowships & Awards Committee.

For Rhodes, you will focus specifically on Oxford university, where you apply for two years of study. We encourage you to review Professor Emeritus Ken Brashier's website on applying for UK fellowships. He is an alumnus of both Oxford and Cambridge and was our UK programs expert when serving on the Fellowships and Awards committee.


Internal Application Deadline

August 31st, 2022 at 12:00 PM noon, Pacific Time

Application Steps

For this award, you'll submit an internal application through CLBR fellowships for consideration by the Fellowships & Awards committee, which is composed of Reed faculty members.

Please note: the Rhodes Scholarship requires a minimum 3.70 GPA.

Please attach your application documents to an email and submit them to by the internal application deadline. We enourage you to register in the online application portal on the Rhodes website as well so that you may see the full application, but this is not a required element of the internal application.

Application documents include:

  • Resume listing your principal activities, offices and honors in college, with dates and details (no more than two pages)—including awards, commendations, athletic interests, offices held and work performed for Reed and other organizations.

  • Personal Statement (1000 words) describing your academic and other interests. This statement should describe the specific area of proposed study and your reasons for wishing to study at Oxford in particular. It's also your chance to tell your story in your own voice: Who are you? What matters to you? What are you hoping to do in the world? Note that the application essay must be entirely your own work, with no editorial input from anyone else! For the final application, you'll be required to confirm that no external help was given in the creation or editing of your statement.

  • A copy of your Reed transcript

Internal Letters of Recommendation

You will need four internal letters of recommendation for the internal application. The recommenders should be academics who have formally taught and graded you in your undergraduate (or, if relevant, postgraduate) studies and who can comment in detail on your academic ability and how well they think you would fare at Oxford.

These letters need to be sent via email to by the internal application deadline. The committee will only consider the first four recommendations received, so do not have more than four submitted for the internal deadline. These internal letters are only for the Reed faculty fellowships & awards committee, and will not be shared with the Rhodes Trust.

Please note: the final application requires between five and eight recommendations (Rhodes calls them referees), at least four of which need to be academic. You will need to consider up to four additional recommenders from whom you can request letters if you are endorsed by the committee.


You will need to complete this online waiver form as the final step in submitting your internal application.

Waiver Form

Applicants or faculty submitting application materials electronically by email will generally receive a confirmation within twenty-four hours. If you do not receive a confirmation during this time, please follow up with the Center for Life Beyond Reed at to ensure that the application was successfully submitted.

Next Steps

You will hear about the status of your application from CLBR and/or a member of the committee about a week after the internal deadline. If you do not receive an endorsement from the committee, we still encourage you to apply for other awards later in the year. You may still be eligible to apply for the Rhodes again as an alum.

If you are endorsed, a member of the committee will reach out to you, as they'll need to speak with you in order to prepare the institutional endorsement that they'll write. Register for the application on the Rhodes website if you haven't done so yet. Reach out to your recommenders to let them know you've been endorsed by Reed, and add them to your application in the Rhodes application portal. Use your recommenders, the committee Rhodes liaison, and CLBR to help you work on your application. Remember that this award requires you to attest that your personal statement is entirely your own work, with no external help given.

In your application you'll need to choose your place of application, which will either be Oregon, or the state/U.S. territory where you are a permanent resident. If you are selected as a finalist, you'll need to attend an in-person social event and final interview for your district, which will likely require travel. The Rhodes Trust does not pay for this travel.

Please note that applying for this award will require a significant time commitment. One past applicant described it as being equivalent to taking another class.

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