Rhodes Trust is a global organization that uses its deep connections across the world to bring together people of different backgrounds and viewpoints. They encourage them to openly debate, challenge each other’s thinking and generate new ideas. The Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world, which aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world’s future.
In order to apply, all applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree to a very high standard by 1 October of the year following application. The Rhodes Trust, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world, and in all fields of study, who are impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act. Thirty-two Scholarships are assigned annually to the United States of America.
The Rhodes Trust will provide 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 those receiving fourth-year fees) of not less than £14,276 per annum.
In 2017, the application deadline is 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
To eligible at the time of application, an applicant must be:
- a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident of the United States on April 15 in the year of application.
- eligible to apply through one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or one of the U.S. territories: either in the state or territory where the applicant was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where the applicant will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.
- at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application).
How to Apply:
To apply for the Rhodes scholarship, you must submit an online application.
You must also provide the following documents:
- proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status.
- a certified transcript (or transcripts).
- a list of principal activities.
- a clear, printable head and shoulders photograph (preferably high resolution).
- the endorsement of the applicant’s college or university.
- five, but not more than eight, letters of recommendation. At least four of these letters must be persons from whom the applicant has received undergraduate or graduate instruction, and at least one letter (the fifth) must speak to the applicant’s character.
- a personal statement not exceeding 1000 words which the applicant must attest as wholly truthful and his or her own work. The statement should describe the applicant’s academic and other interests, and describe the specific areas of proposed study and the reasons for wishing to study at Oxford. The statement should be written in as simple and direct a manner as possible and set in a typeface no smaller than 10 points. Selection committees will place special emphasis on the personal statement and it may be forwarded to Oxford colleges to which Rhodes Scholars-elect apply for admission. Committees may, in their discretion, reject any personal statement which fails to meet these requirements.
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