About the Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship supports an international cohort of students for at least two years in a degree program at Oxford University. Thirty-two Rhodes Scholars come from the United States each year with other Rhodes scholars coming from countries around the world. Due to a recent expansion of the scholarship, applicants from countries not represented in existing Rhodes constituencies are eligible to apply to the Rhodes Global Scholarship. US, Canadian, and Global Rhodes Scholarship applicants must be nominated by Dartmouth College.
The Rhodes Scholarship criteria, set forth in the will of Cecil Rhodes, include academic excellence as the first criteria. Beyond academic achievement, Rhodes Scholars are expected to have "great personal energy, ambition for impact, and an ability to work with others and to achieve one's goals. In addition, a Rhodes Scholar should be committed to make a strong difference for good in the world, be concerned for the welfare of others, and be conscious of inequities. And finally, a Rhodes Scholar should show great promise of leadership." The criteria can be summarized as "intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service." (Quotes taken from the Rhodes Trust, 2015). Please note that Rhodes applicants do not need to be athletes.
All Rhodes applicants should be aware of the Rhodes policy concerning the Personal Statement.
- You are prohibited from receiving any assistance with the content, writing, editing, or review of the Rhodes Personal Statement.
- All applicants are required to read the Personal Statement guidelines on the Rhodes website.