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Rhodes Scholarship

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Internal Deadline: September 1st, 2021 at 12:00 PM

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The Rhodes Scholarship is a highly prestigious award which supports study at the University of Oxford in the UK for two years. The Rhodes Trust manages this scholarship, and one of their founding aims is to select outstanding young people from around the world, with the potential to lead, who will make an impact for good in the world in later life.

All educational costs are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trust. Each Scholar additionally receives a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trust covers 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, permanent residents, or students who have an active status under the DACA program
  • be aged eighteen or over but not yet twenty-four on October 1 in the year of application
    • or be under twenty-seven on October 1st in the year of application if you are an older non-traditional student AND you must have graduated on or after October 1st 2020
  • have a minimun GPA of 3.70
  • graduate with your B.A. by September 2022

If you are not a U.S. citizen you may still be eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship with one of the following statuses:

  • Inter-Jurisdictional (you only meet some of the eligibility requirements for two constituencies)
  • Global (two awards are available in this manner)

Please refer to the Rhodes website for more details on these possibilities, and note that these methods have earlier external deadlines. If you apply through through a different constituency (country) than the U.S., you will likely not be able to apply through Reed College's internal process.

Selection Criteria

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. 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. 

The four primary criteria outlined by the program are:

  • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
  • energy to use one's talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly 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 one's fellow beings.

Application Procedure

Applicants must be nominated by the college in order to apply. Interested students should review our internal application instructions. Contact CLBR Fellowships with any questions.