Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Rhodes Scholarship

About the Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarships, founded in 1902, “are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world.” The Rhodes trust annually supports 32 individuals not only with outstanding academic records, but those that demonstrate integrity, moral excellence, and leadership. The Rhodes Scholarship supports 2-3 years of postgraduate work at the University of Oxford leading to a Masters or research degree. Applicants will propose an acacemic plan from any field(s) of study available at Oxford, but should remember that the selection committees are more interested in their comprehensive profile and seek “people who are likely to thrive at Oxford.” Recipients of this extremely competitive award will join the ranks of past Rhodes Scholars including Naomi Wolf, Bill Clinton, Kris Kristofferson, Susan Rice, and Terence Malick. Cecil Rhodes’s will contains four criteria by which prospective Rhodes Scholars are to be selected:

1. literary and scholastic attainments;
2. energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports;
3. truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
4. moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

Special Location of award, if applicable: Oxford University

Eligible applicants:

• have or will have earned a bachelor’s degree
• are at least 18 but not yet 24 years old at time of application
• possess an exceptionally strong academic and extracurricular record
• propose a course of study at Oxford, but remain flexible as to their exact placement

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate or Senior

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Rhodes Scholarship application process:

Applicants must be nominated by the undergraduate institution. You cannot apply directly for the scholarship. Undergraduate students interested in the Rhodes Scholarship should have prepared most of their application materials by spring of their junior year. Master’s level students can also apply.

Application due to SU in mid-August before senior year (or during graduate school). Please contact CFSA as soon as possible to begin preparing your application.

Advising contact:

Kate Hanson  Email:
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