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Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, including a second B.A., or advanced degree. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

Rhodes Scholarship Website

UT Candidate Declaration Deadline: August 1
National Deadline: First Week of October

Eligibility Criteria for the US Rhodes:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • At least 18 and no more than 24 years of age
  • Undergraduate degree
  • At least 3.70 cumulative undergraduate GPA (no rounding up) at time of application
  • Outstanding scholarly achievements, demonstrated commitment to others and to the common good, and high potential for leadership in career and community
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Campus and National Application Process:

To be considered for UT nomination for the Rhodes Scholarship, which unto itself is highly competitive, you must complete both of the following no later than August 1:

  1. UT campus Declaration of Intent form
  2. Meeting with a member of OURF (the UT office responsible for facilitating campus nominations to the Rhodes) to discuss candidacy and the campus nomination process

The official Rhodes Scholarship application requires:

  • Personal/goals statement and a course of study statement, including a description of the program of study; the department, faculty, and research group; and specific description of other resources exclusive to Oxford that will support your course of study and/or research efforts
  • Five to eight letters of recommendation (it is highly recommended that you provide all eight letters of recommendations; at least four must be academic in nature)
  • Official transcripts and a complete online application
  • UT letter of endorsement