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Rhodes Scholarship

Summary of Award

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.  American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year representing the fifty states.  In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.  Extraordinary intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field.  Election to the Scholarship is normally for two or three years, depending upon the degree program pursued by the Scholar. A Scholarship, including required University and college fees and a stipend for living expenses, may be renewed, at the complete discretion of the Rhodes Trustees, for a third year for those pursuing a doctoral degree and whose progress is deemed satisfactory.


Tuition, housing, stipend, and international travel costs for 2 or 3 years depending on program of study.


  • Major: All
  • More than 18 years of age, but not yet 24 years of age.
  • Academic standing sufficient to ensure graduation with a bachelor's degree before entering Oxford. See page 9 of the Rhodes information brochure for further details.
  • FAQs can be found here


Honors Program Director

Application Process Includes

  • Registration on the website
  • Online application form
  • List of Referees and Letters of Reference
  • Institutional Endorsement
  • Birth Certificate/Evidence of Age/Passport
  • Personal Statement/Essay
  • Evidence of Your Academic Record/Transcripts
  • List of Principal Activities
  • Photograph

Supporting documents should be scanned and uploaded to the website directly where possible.

See website for important deadlines and dates.

Link to Scholarship Homepage:

Past CU Interviewees
Sam Gorton '07 - Finalist
Kirsten Griffiths ‘03 - Semifinalist