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Rhodes Scholarship

Overview and Introduction

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 Masters or Doctoral degree. (More information from Rhodes Trust.

Prospective applicants should plan to apply the year before their intended date of study. 


  • Age: At least 18, but not yet 25 years of age. (Applicants must still be 23 on October 1st of the year of application.) Can be 28 years old if the first undergraduate degree was earned within the last 2 years. Recent U-M alumni should apply through ONSF for nomination and institutional endorsement. 
  • Academics: Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1st in the year following election. The scholarship cannot be deferred. 
  • Citizenship: Non-US and Non-Canadian Citizens should review details for the Global Rhodes Scholarship and the Non-US Rhodes Scholarship on the Rhodes Trust website.

Rhodes Selection Criteria:

  • Literary and scholastic attainment (academic excellence).  The Rhodes Scholarship has a minimum GPA of 3.7, but successful applicants for U-M institutional endorsement will typically have a 3.8 or higher GPA and significant academic and co-curricular accomplishments. 
  • Energy to use one’s talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theater, and artistic pursuits, especially where teamwork is involved). 
  • 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.

Application Deadlines

  • U-M Deadline: 3d Monday in August 
  • National Deadline: Early October
  • Endorsement: U-M Nomination is Required. Learn more about ONSF and the nomination process.

Instructions for Prospective Applicants 

Prospective applicants should join the UK Scholarships Canvas site for an overview of the application, program requirements, additional advising information, and more. All U-M applicants must register with ONSF via the Canvas site in order to be eligible to apply for U-M nomination to the Rhodes Scholarship. 

Application Summary

  1. Five to eight letters of recommendation 
  2. Personal statement (750 words) 
  3. Academic statement (350 words) 
  4. Two-page Resume 
  5. Official transcript(s)
  6. U-M specific requirements 

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 national deadline.