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Rhodes Scholarship

Established in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship fully funds 2-3 years of graduate study at Oxford University in any field.  Scholars pursue either a taught or research-based Master’s or Doctoral degree. 32 Scholars are selected each year from the United States, and 25 University of Michigan alumni have been selected throughout its history.

Institutional Endorsement: The Rhodes Scholarship does not accept direct applications; students must be nominated by the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF). Please see this page for application instructions for endorsement.

U-M Application Deadline: Fourth Monday of August by 12 noon.  Application Timeline

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)

Eligibility:

  • A citizen of the United States or permanent resident of the US for at least five years prior to the application deadline.  (International students may be able to seek Rhodes nomination through their home countries.)
  • At least 18, but not yet 24 years of age. (Applicants must still be 23 on October 1st of the year of application.)
  • Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1st in the year following election.
  • The Rhodes Scholarship does not set a minimum GPA, but successful applicants for U-M nomination will typically have a 3.8 or higher GPA and significant academic and co-curricular accomplishments.

Application Instructions:

Contact Henry Dyson in the LSA Honors Program to register as an applicant for U-M nomination. 

Applicants should submit each of the following to Henry Dyson at onsf.applications@umich.edu by 12 noon on the last Monday of August:

1) Five to eight letters of recommendation sent directly to Henry Dyson at onsf.applications@umich.edu. At least four of these must be faculty.  At least one must speak to your character.  Typically letters will represent each of the applicant’s major academic and co-curricular accomplishments.  Applicants are encouraged to consult a member of the nomination committee regarding the selection of letters.

  • Prior to requesting letters of recommendation, you must fill out the ONSF Student Waiver form, found here, and submit directly to us at onsf.applications@umich.edu.  You will then fill out the FERPA Release for Letter Writers and submit that form to each of your letter writers when asking them to write a letter of recommendation for you.  Please advise your recommenders that their letters of recommendation should be entitled "StudentLastName_StudentFirstName_AdvisorLastName" and emailed directly to ONSF at onsf.applications@umich.edu with "Rhodes Recommendation" in the subject line.

2) A personal statement* (1000 word limit) stating the applicant’s goals and intended program of study at Oxford.  Applicants are not allowed to receive any editorial advice or assistance on this personal statement and must sign a pledge that the statement is entirely his/her own work.  Applicants are encouraged to consult a member of the nomination committee regarding the topic of this essay prior to writing.

3) A two page resume of major academic and co-curricular activities.

Top candidates for U-M endorsement will be invited to interview with the Rhodes and Marshall Nomination Committee in early September.  Candidates selected for endorsement will work with Henry Dyson to complete the final application before the October 1st national deadline.

Note: regarding personal statement

*The Rhodes Scholarship does not allow applicants to receive any editorial help on their personal statements.  All applicants must add the following statement at the conclusion of their personal  statement and before their signature:

“I attest that this personal statement is my own work and is wholly truthful.  Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it. I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application.”

All institutional endorsements must include something explicitly to this effect:

"I am knowledgeable regarding the institutional practices of [name of institution] in connection with applications for the Rhodes Scholarship. To the best of my knowledge and belief, [name of institution] has provided no editorial review of the applicant's[or applicant's name] personal statement."