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Rhodes Scholarship (U.S.)

Scholarship Summary: 2-3 years of graduate study at Oxford in all fields. Applicants should demonstrate leadership and the will to “fight the world’s fight," and they should have 5-8 very strong letters of recommendation.

Recommenders: Rhodes Recommendation Advice (helpful resource from Reed College); Further Advice (from an experienced fellowship advisor, courtesy of Penn State, which includes samples)

NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Notre Dame students and alumni who are citizens of Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, countries of Southern Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are also eligible for the Rhodes Scholarship, though eligibility requirements and many aspect of the application process will differ. Please visit for more information and contact CUSE National Fellowships so that we can discuss the application process.

What is the Rhodes Scholarship (U.S.)?

Cecil Rhodes hoped to improve “the lot of humankind 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.” Thirty-two Americans are among more than 90 scholars chosen each year to study at the University of Oxford based on four criteria: scholastic attainment; athleticism; devotion to duty to others; and moral force of character. Requires university endorsement.

Who can apply for the Rhodes Scholarship (U.S.)?

From the scholarship's website, an applicant must:

1. Be a U.S. citizen OR be a U.S. permanent resident for at least five years on October 1 in the year of application. (See the NOTE above for information about Rhodes Scholarships available to citizens of other countries.)
2. Be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age on October 1 in the year of application.
3. Have a bachelor's degree by the time they would commence study at Oxford.
4. Be eligible to apply through one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia: either in the state where he or she was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where he or she will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.


Important Dates
Date & Time
Information Sessions
2/11/2015 @ 6pm
Montgomery Aud, LaFortune
2/12/2015 @ 3pm
CUSE (110 Brownson)
Priority Campus Application Deadline*
4/1/15 @ noon
Final Campus Application Deadline
8/4/15 @ noon

*Priority deadline applicants complete a shorter application and have access to summer mentoring opportunities.

All online sessions can be accessed at:


What are my next steps if I want to learn more and/or am thinking about applying?

1. Download the Information sheet (PDF)

2. Attend/view an information session and take note of the Campus Application deadlines (see above).

3. Complete this form if you intend to apply.

4a. For the April 1 deadline, download and complete the April 1 Campus Application (Word).
4b. If you have missed the April 1 deadline, please submit a current resume as an attachment to with the subject "[Last Name, First Name] - Seeking August RMM Endorsement" if you would like to be considered to submit an application for the August 4 deadline. We will follow up with you as soon as possible.

5. Contact CUSE National Fellowships if you have questions.