Rhodes Scholarships provide for one or two years of post-baccalaureate study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of a third year for students continuing for a doctorate. There are few restrictions as to field of study, but the proposed course must be available at Oxford and applicants must be academically prepared to undertake the course.
Each Rhodes Scholarship provides direct payment to a scholar’s college of all tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend of at least £12,900 per year paid directly to the scholar. The Rhodes Trust also assists scholars in their travel expenses to and from Oxford. It also provides access to specialized lectures at Rhodes House at Oxford.
Applicants to the U.S. Rhodes competition must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents under the age of 24 at the time of application. There is no GPA requirement, but successful applicants usually have a GPA of 3.8 or higher.
The Rhodes Scholarships are available for citizens of many countries. Please consult the Rhodes website for application guidelines for your country.
The Rhodes seeks students who demonstrate:
- literary and scholastic attainments;
- energy to use one's talents to the full;
- truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and
- moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.
Columbia University must nominate candidates for consideration in the U.S. and Canadian competitions each year. American and Canadian students may not apply independently for the Rhodes without first having been endorsed. Rising seniors, graduating seniors, and recent graduates of Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies are eligible, provided they meet scholarship criteria.
To apply for nomination, click "Start Your Application" and complete all application materials before the internal deadline. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by the internal deadline.