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   The Rhodes Scholarship  

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world. A class of 83 Scholars is selected each year, with 32 granted to citizens of the United States. Recipients may choose any full-time post-graduate course offered by the University of Oxford.
Selection for Rhodes Scholarships is highly competitive and the university has a limit to how many candidates can receive offficial endorsement to enter the competition. As a result, a prescreening process is required of all potential applicants. 
The CUA deadline for the 2018-2019 Rhodes Scholarship Competition is September 8, 2017.
At the time of application, an applicant for the Rhodes Scholarship must be:
  • A citizen of the United States; pending citizenship does not qualify.
  • At least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application).
  • Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.
Selection Criteria
Rhodes's vision in founding the Scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight 'the world's fight' and to 'esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim', and to promote international understanding and peace.
His will outlines four criteria to be used in the election of Scholars:
  • Literary and scholastic attainments
  • Energy to use one's talents to the full
  • 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.
In short, Rhodes Scholarship selection committees will be seeking young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.  The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as 'leaders for the world’s future'.
For more detailed information, please visit The Rhodes Trust website.
**Rhodes is a very competetive scholarship. Potential applicants at CUA must have a minimum GPA of 3.85 to begin the campus competition for the required university endorsement**
When should you start thinking about the Rhodes? End of your Sophomore or beginning of your Junior year at CUA.
When should you begin the application? Spring of your Junior year.

2019-2020 Competition Timeline

  • 15 April 2018: CUA Pre-application Deadline
  • July 2018: Application available online
  • 12 September 2018: Rhodes Scholarship CUA Campus Deadline
  • September 2018: Campus Interviews

For More Information

For more information, please contact Sarah Taylor, Fellowships Coordinator (