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Rhodes Scholarship

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Internal Deadline: August 30th, 2023 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. This scholarship is for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others, and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.

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 2022
  • have a minimun GPA of 3.70 (with no rounding)
  • graduate with your B.A. by July 2024

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 (only available if you don't qualify for an inter-jurisdictional application)

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

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.