Rhodes Scholarships

Campus Deadline: August 30


Rhodes Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at Oxford in any field of study.

Rhodes Scholars are selected based on these four criteria:

  1. literary and scholastic attainments;
  2. energy to use one's talents to the full;
  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, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

Note: Rhodes requires that applicants complete college with a GPA of 3.7 or higher, with no rounding. Applicants are not allowed to apply with a lower GPA unless a special exception has been granted by the American Secretary.

Campus Nomination Process

Overview: The following application components must be emailed to the Charles Center inbox [[charlescenter]] by the campus deadline of August 30: personal statement, unofficial transcript, letters of recommendation (at least 5 and up to 8), and an activities list. You should also begin (not submit) your application in the Rhodes online portal. The application components you send to the inbox will be the same as the ones in the application portal. Since campus advisors are not given access to the portal, you also have to share those materials with the Charles Center.

Note: You should let your recommendation writers know that they will have to submit their letters twice: once to the Charles Center inbox (for the campus review process) and once to the Rhodes application portal (the system will generate a letter request when you enter their email into your application account). Guidance for referees is available on the last two pages of the information for candidates packet.

Application Format: The application is completed on the Rhodes online application portal (that same material must get sent to the Charles Center by the campus deadline). Review the eligibility requirements and information for candidates before beginning an application.

Deadlines and Timeline: 

  • August 30 at midnight: Campus Deadline (see the requirements in the Overview section above)
  • Early September: Campus Interviews Take Place
  • Late September: Campus finalists will have a short window to edit applications after the campus interviews before submitting their applications in time to meet the national deadline.

Nominations: William & Mary is not limited in the number of applicants it can nominate. However, nominations are only given to students who will be competitive at the national level.

National Application Process

The national deadline is October 2, at 11:59 EST. All students must meet the campus deadline (posted above) in order to be eligible for endorsement by the national deadline. Learn more about the Rhodes Scholarship including specific information for candidates, frequently asked questions about the program, and previous award winners.

Next Steps

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