Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarship was founded in the early twentieth century by Cecil Rhodes to promote international understanding and peace. In the United States, 32 scholarships are awarded each year for two years to seniors and recent graduates. Applicants are chosen on the basis of scholastic achievement, community involvement, integrity of character, leadership abilities, respect for their fellow beings, and energy to use their talents to the fullest.

Prospective Rhodes Scholars are judged by four standards:

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

* Please note that involvement in athletics is not a requirement. Underlying these standards is the aim that Scholars be physically, intellectually, and morally capable of leadership. Persons who, in Mr. Rhodes’ phrase, will “esteem the performance of public duties as [their] highest aim.” From this statement one may infer that he expected his Scholars to play an influential part in the betterment of society, wherever their careers might lead them.



  • GPA above or approaching 3.9
  • Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age on October 1st, 2019
  • Institutional endorsement


  • University endorsement
  • Official Transcript
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Application Blank A-5, signed in ink
  • Photographs
  • List of principal activities and honors, including prizes, scholarships, athletic record, and extracurricular activities. List should not exceed 2 pages in 11 or 12 pt. font.
  • Personal statement, not to exceed 1000 words including the specific area of proposed study and the reasons to study at Oxford
  • Eight letters of recommendation (at least four from professors)

Please note the following policies regarding the personal statement:

  • The Rhodes Trust prohibits any discussion (at any time) about the content of the personal statement. 
  • The Office of Fellowships cannot provide input on the personal statement, even pre-draft.
  • The Rhodes selectors wish to hear from you, as a candidate, focusing on your qualifications, your preparation of proposed course at Oxford, and your articulation of short or long-term career and life ambitions. 

Please contact GOFAR at gufa@georgetown.edu for further information.

Application Process

Application for Nomination

The Office of Fellowships & Awards will review applications and accepted students will be notified accordingly. Endorsed students will work closely with this office on the final application.


University Endorsement Deadline: May 2019

Please note: this deadline is for juniors, seniors and young alumni who wish to matriculate at Oxford. You should pay careful attention to the deadlines and the academic year as our internal deadlines are a year and a half in advance of the matriculation date. 

External Fellowship Deadline (postmark): October 2019

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