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Rhodes Scholarship


The Rhodes Trust offers the “oldest and most celebrated” international postgraduate awards for students to study at the University of Oxford.  Rhodes Scholars are young leaders of outstanding character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others, and show promise of becoming value-driven leaders for the world’s future.


  • U.S. citizen or lawful resident for at least five years at time of application
  • Senior or recent alumnus/a
  • Between 18 and 23 years old on October 1st the year of application 
  • 3.7 GPA or higher (3.8 or higher, highly recommended)
  • Demonstrate leadership potential

Application Materials: 

  • One essay (750-1000 words) indicating your academic and other relevant interests, including a brief statement matching current academic background to proposed course of study
  • Indication of scholarship(s) for which you wish to be nominated
  • Two letters of recommendation addressed to the campus evaluation committee
  • List of additional letter writers and brief descriptions of the contexts in which you know each
    • 6-8 additional writers for Rhodes
    • 3-5 additional writers for Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Unofficial transcript

Application Procedure:

Office Application Deadline - March 22, 2020

Giving that the university is required to nominate its candidates, there is an office application deadline and a campus evaluation process.

To be considered for University nomination, you must submit the materials listed above to our office via InfoReady. Afterward, you will be notified if you’ve been nominated or not. Nominees will spend the summer working on the application materials required by the Rhodes Trust

National Application Deadline – October 7, 2020 (Expected)

Application materials required by the Rhodes Trust must be submitted directly using the online application system. Nominees must register the director of the University Fellowships Office as the endorser so that the office can upload the accompanying letter of institutional endorsement.

Current Status: 
Senior, Grad Student, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Graduate Study, International Experience
Office Nomination
Fields of Study: 
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Health-related, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, International Relations and Public Policy, STEM, Visual and Performing Arts
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Fall (September – December)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802