Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarship

About the Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarships, founded in 1902 after the death of Cecil Rhodes, “are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world.” Rhodes Scholars (32 selected annually) 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 Scholarship supports 2-3 years of postgraduate work at the University of Oxford leading to a Masters or research degree. Applicants will propose an academic 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.

Location of award, if applicable: Oxford University

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Rhodes Scholarship application process:

Review the Rhodes Scholarship website to gain a better understanding of the scholarship program, eligibility requirements and the application process.

Contact CFSA and your mentor(s) to discuss your interest. Applicants must be nominated by their undergraduate institution. You cannot apply directly for the scholarship.

Research graduate programs at the University of Oxford to identify those that a good match for your academic background and career goals.

Submit the CFSA “intent to apply” form by June 30th to be considered for nomination. If nominated, work closely with CFSA to prepare your application.

The application is available in July.

Application components include:
– proof of citizenship or permanent resident status
– transcript(s)
– a high resolution photograph
– a list of principal activities
– five, but not more than eight recommendation letters
– a personal statement

Refer to the specific scholarship website for complete application details.

The application deadline is in early October. CFSA submits the applications for SU endorsed applicants.

Interested? Contact CFSA as soon as possible to begin preparing your application.

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:  jmpark02@syr.edu More Information:  http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

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