Rhodes Scholarship

Information session in March TBA.

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'.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world.

Supports two years of study at Oxford University. Renewable for a third year for those who initially embark on a doctoral route at the time of admission and whose progress is deemed satisfactory.

32 Rhodes Scholars (US); 80+ scholars from selected countries.

Open to all offerings of Oxford University

Oxford University


  • US Citizen (Other citizens, see http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/about/rhodes-countries for eligibility information)
  • Unmarried, between 18 and 24 years of age
  • Completed B.A. before tenure at Oxford begins.
  • Rhodes Scholars are judged on:
    1. literary and scholastic attainments
    2. fondness for and success in sports
    3. truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and
    protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness,
    and fellowship
    4. moral force of character and instincts to lead
  • No stated minimum GPA for the Rhodes; however, GPA must be high enough to ensure admission at Oxford. This is typically at least 3.7 and often higher.

    Candidates are nominated by committees in each of the 50 states. Election to a Rhodes Scholarship does not guarantee entrance to Oxford, as the University makes its own admissions decisions.


The Rhodes Trust requires endorsement by Middlebury College in order for you to apply. To be nominated, there are two internal deadlines:

1. Submit a preliminary application by April 21, 2014 to  fellowships@middlebury.edu:


Note: letters of recommendation are NOT included in this stage of application.

2. The fall internal deadline is to submit applications for nomination is September 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm. To apply for nomination, submit the following as a single pdf file to fellowships@middlebury.edu:

  • Rhodes application draft (you can print to a PDF)----accessed from the Rhodes website (see link at bottom of page)
  • Degree progress report or transcript
  • Current resume

The British Scholarships committee will interview qualified applicants in early September and select nominees.

Note: New requirements regarding essays for the Rhodes on the Rhodes website!

3. British Scholarship Committee will interview applicants in early September and endorse viable candidates as nominees. 

If you are selected as a Rhodes nominee, it is at this point that you would secure your letters of recommendation.  We suggest you let your letter writers know in advance of the pending request.

The final application deadline is October 2, 2014.

Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Library 225G

Rhodes Scholarship