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Rhodes Scholarship


Deadline: 2015-07-15 (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 preliminary U.Va. deadline is July 15, 2015. Contact Andrus Ashoo ( for more information about what is required by the preliminary deadline. The final UVA deadline is August 25, 2015. Contact Andrus Ashoo ( for more information about what is required for the final UVA deadline.

Learn More

Extensive information on the Rhodes Scholarship is available at the above web site. For information on UVa's nomination process, contact Andrus Ashoo at Please note: