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Rhodes Scholarship for U.S. Citizens

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

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Program Purpose

The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. The Scholarships provide transformative opportunities for outstanding all-round students and exceptional individuals, encouraging them to "fight the world's fight" throughout their lives.

Program Description

Each year, 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. A Rhodes Scholarship makes possible two or three years of study in any field at Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Rhodes Scholars join just over 20,000 students from more than 140 countries currently studying at the University, and are enriched by the stimulating and rigorous education and the vibrant cultural and community life. Scholars may study for any degree taught at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholarships are normally held for two years, the duration of most masters' degrees and second bachelors' degrees. Scholars may also study for two one-year "taught" master's degrees. For those pursuing a doctorate, the Scholarship may be renewed for a third year. In the fourth and last year of a doctorate, university fees only may be available.


The value of a Rhodes Scholarship consists of a direct payment to the Scholar's college of all tuition fees (such as matriculation, tuition, and certain other set charges), plus a maintenance stipend (except for doctoral candidates who, in the fourth year, receive fees only) of not less than 11,730 Pounds per year paid directly to the Scholar in installments during the term of the Scholarship. This sum should be sufficient to enable a Scholar to meet necessary expenses for term time and vacations, but those who can afford to supplement it to a modest extent from their own resources are advised to do so. For those receiving fourth-year fees for doctorates, Oxford living expenses are often available through University teaching positions. The Trust will assist Rhodes Scholars with their traveling expenses to and from Oxford.

Married applicants may apply. It would be very difficult, however, for a married couple to live on the Rhodes Scholarship stipend alone. Supplemental private funds are virtually essential. Spouses may obtain permits to work legally in Britain.

Selection Criteria

Proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but applicants will also be required to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full.

Intellectual distinction is the most important criterion, but it cannot be measured by grades or college academic honors alone. Letter of reference and, for those who become finalists, candidate interviews are extremely important as well. There is no minimum GPA to be considered for a Rhodes, although 3.7 is the usual minimum, and some Oxford departments establish GPA requirements for certain degrees (usually 3.8). Another useful measure might be admission to U. S. graduate schools: if it is unlikely that you would be admitted to one of the very most selective U. S. graduate programs in your primary field, it is unlikely that you will win a Rhodes Scholarship.

Application Process

In selecting a district in which to apply, students may apply from either their home state, or the state in which they are conducting their undergraduate or master's level studies. States are grouped into sixteen districts for the purpose of making these appointments. Each District Committee selects not more than two candidates who will represent the state or states within each District as Rhodes Scholars at Oxford.

Please Note: Applicants must pay their own expenses to the finalist interview, which takes place in the district in which they have applied.

Graduating seniors will seek an endorsement from their undergraduate institution. Graduate students who apply for a Rhodes in the first year of graduate study should also seek an endorsement from their undergraduate institution. Graduate students in the second year or later year of graduate study should seek endorsement from their graduate institution.

Rhodes recommends that undergraduate applicants should begin preparing their essays and other aspects of their applications by Spring of the junior year.


Applicant must have at least a bachelor's degree by October 1 of the year of application, and must be at that time at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.


The national deadline, circa October 2, 2013 does not directly apply to students, who must apply for nomination through the University by the campus or internal deadline.

Campus Deadline

Completed applications must be submitted to S.F. State's Fellowship Advisor, ADM 211, by Noon on September 3, 2013.

Resources for Selecting a Course of Study at Oxford:

Applicants should study the University of Oxford's academic system in order to determine if their plan of study is feasible at Oxford. The best sources of information are the current issues of the University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus and Graduate Studies Prospectus. Scholars may read for the Oxford Bachelor of Arts in any of the Final Honour Schools. See the online University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus, available at The most complete and current listing of graduate degrees is in the University of Oxford Graduate Studies Prospectus, available at

The Oxford web site is your resource for information on courses and faculty in the department in which you plan to study. Keep in mind, when proposing a course of study unrelated to your undergraduate degree, any prerequisites for the Oxford program. To clarify whether you have the necessary prerequisites, contact the relevant department at Oxford.

Applicants planning to do a research degree at Oxford rather than a "degree by coursework" (a D.Phil. Or a "master's degree by research"), should contact the appropriate faculty person in the relevant department at Oxford to determine if the planned project could be supported by the department.

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