Princeton Deadline: 5 p.m., August 28, 2015
National deadline: October 1, 2015
- Dr. Deirdre Moloney, firstname.lastname@example.org, 8-1998
- Professor Shirley Tilghman, email@example.com
- Professor Benjamin Morison, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Nigel Smith, email@example.com
Fields of Study: open
Established in 1903, Rhodes Scholarships bring together outstanding students from around the world for a one-, two- or three-year period of study at Oxford University. The 32 scholarships are given each year to U.S. citizens and approximately 70 scholarships are given to citizens of other former British Commonwealth countries. Note: Non-U.S. Rhodes has different deadlines and criteria. http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/section/rhodes-countries.
- U.S. citizens, some U.S. permanent residents (see details) or citizen of certain British Commonwealth countries (see list)
- Between the ages of 18 and 24 by October 1 of the year of application
- Bachelor’s degree before commencing study at Oxford
Criteria for Selection
The criteria for Rhodes Scholars were established by the will of Cecil Rhodes, the founder of the scholarships, and by the various national Rhodes Trust Committees.
- Academic excellence: While there is no GPA requirement, it is our experience that strong Rhodes applicants will have at least a 3.7 GPA.
- Qualities of moral leadership and social purpose: These qualities are not easy to define, though in short, the candidate should exhibit outstanding potential outside the classroom as well as in it.
- The candidate should demonstrate “physical vigor.” This originally referred to athletic ability, but is now commonly seen as a passion and energy to make an impact on the world. The emphasis put on this final category—as does the definition of what activities are “athletic”—varies somewhat from committee to committee. It should keep no one from applying.
There is a danger that potentially strong candidates who do not consider themselves the “Rhodes type” will fail to apply for this very attractive scholarship. There is no “Rhodes type,” as the extraordinary variety of Princeton winners in recent years amply attests.
Princeton University must endorse applicants for the Rhodes scholarship. This endorsement process involves the submission of supporting materials by the Princeton campus deadline:
- Resume (two page maximum)
- 1,000-personal statement
- Eight letters of recommendation.
- Official Transcripts
Endorsed applicants will submit a final application through the online Rhodes system by the Rhodes National Deadline in early October.