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Rhodes Scholarship


Deadline: 2014-07-15 (UVa Internal)

The Rhodes Scholarships were established in 1903 by Cecil Rhodes, who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Each year 32 Rhodes Scholars are chosen from the US.


Applicants for Rhodes Scholarships must be United States citizens, aged eighteen or over but not yet twenty-four on October 1 in the year of application. Criteria for the Rhodes Scholarship are: (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 and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness, and fellowship; and (4) Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.


Two years with possible renewal for a third year, depending on the academic program pursued.


Living stipend, tuition, and fees at Oxford University.

Application Process

Candidates must be nominated by the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. Students interested in applying for the Rhodes Scholarship should set up an appointment at the Center to discuss the application process. The U.Va. deadline is noon on August 27, 2014. Interested applicants should e-mail the following materials to Mary Esselman Roberts at by July 15: (1) responses to the following short-answer questions: a) Professional Aspirations What are your professional aspirations? What issues, needs, or problems do you hope to address? Indicate in which discipline(s) you are considering making your career, including specific positions/roles you aspire to. Specify how your academic program and graduate educational plans will assist you in achieving your goals; b) Research/Activities Please describe any previous or current research experience. Include the length and duration of your work, organization and departments where the research took place, who advised your work, and presentations or publications of the results. If you haven't done research, please describe a significant and meaningful activity/experience from the past 3 years (different from leadership example); c) Leadership Describe one specific example of your leadership. Please include details about your role and the impact of your involvement. (2) description of proposed academic program, (3) list of references, (4) unofficial transcript, and (5) CV or resume. Students who meet the preliminary deadline of July 15 for the Rhodes Scholarship will receive communications from the Center about submitting their applications as well as advice on other aspects of the application. Students who know they will be unable to meet this deadline should contact the Center in advance to make alternate arrangements. Applicants who miss the preliminary deadline and do not make alternate arrangements may still apply for the scholarship, but they will not necessarily receive feedback on their draft applications and they risk missing important communications.

Learn More

Extensive information on the Rhodes Scholarship is available at the above web site. For information on UVa's nomination process, contact the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. Please note new changes to application process as of 2014: