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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. (More information from Rhodes Trust.)

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

Eligibility:

  • 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 scholarship cannot be deferred.

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 in 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.

Institutional Endorsement and Deadlines

Applicants for the Rhodes Scholarship must follow one of three routes, each with different application instructions and deadlines. 

  1. Rhodes Scholarship for US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  2. Non-US Rhodes Scholarship for citizens of Rhodes Consituency (see chart below)
  3. Global Rhodes Scholarship for citizens of non-constituency countries 
    • U-M Endorsement Required

Note: Dual citizens may choose which route they will follow, but may apply via only one Rhodes constituency. See the chart for details, more information found on the Rhodes Trust website.

Three Rhodes Scholarships

  Citizenship U-M Endorsement Endorsement Deadline
Rhodes Scholarship American or Canadian, or Permanent Resident YES Fourth Monday of August
Non-US Rhodes Scholarship Australia, Bermuda, China, East Africa (see list of specific countries), Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Southern Africa (see list of specific countries), Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, West Africa (see list of specific countries), Zambia and Zimbabwe.
 
NO  See constituency instructions on the Rhodes Trust Website.
Global Rhodes Scholarship
Countries not listed in the Rhodes Constituencies

YES Fourth Monday of June

*All Application Instructions for Non-US Rhodes Scholarship found on Rhodes Trust website.

Application Instructions for US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents:

Interested students should contact Henry Dyson to register as an applicant for U-M nomination. Once registered, completed applications are due for U-M nomination by 12 noon on the fourth Monday of August.

The U-M nomination committee will then interview and select candidates to move forward at the national level. Completed applications for U-M nominees are due October 1st. Full application details are found below the application summary. 

Application Summary

  1. Five to eight letters of recommendation 
    • At least one must be faculty
    • At least one must speak to your character (see Rhodes Selection Criteria above)
  2. personal statement* (1000 word limit) stating the applicant’s goals and intended program of study at Oxford.  
    • See instructions below
  3. A two page resume of major academic and co-curricular activities.
  4. A copy of your U-M transcript
  5. 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 October 1st national deadline. 

Full Application Details

Contact Henry Dyson to register as an applicant for U-M nomination.

  • Registered applicants will be granted access to the U-M Canvas Site for updates and announcements regarding the Rhodes Scholarship application process. 

 

Submit each of the following to onsf.applications@umich.edu by 12 noon on the fourth Monday of August:

1. Five to eight letters of recommendation submitted directly to ONSF. 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.

  • At least four of these must be faculty. 
  • At least one must speak to your character (see Rhodes Selection Criteria above).  

NOTE: Prior to requesting letters, you must fill out the ONSF Student Waiver form. You will receive a copy of the form to serve as a FERPA Release for Letter Writers that will need to be submitted to each of your letter writers when asking them to write a letter of recommendation for you. A link to the Letter of Recommendation online submission form will also be provided via email after you submit your ONSF Student Waiver.

2. 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. See additional note below.

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

4. A copy of your U-M transcript. Order an electronic copy of your U-M transcript from the Registrar's Offiice for free to your own email address.  Open the protected PDF via Parchment.  You cannot send the protected PDF directly, so select "print to PDF" and make an unprotected copy.  The transcript has now become unofficial, so use Adobe to remove the authenticity cover page and combine it with your other documents.

U-M Endorsement

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: Rhodes Personal Statement for ALL Rhodes Scholarships

*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."

Application Instructions for the Global Rhodes Scholarship:

Contact Henry Dyson to register as an applicant for U-M nomination.

  • Registered applicants will receive access to the U-M Canvas Site for updates and announcements regarding the Rhodes Scholarship application process. 

Submit each of the following to onsf.applications@umich.edu by 12 noon on the fourth Monday of June: 

1.     Five letters of recommendation submitted directly to ONSF. 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.

  • At least four of these must be faculty. 
  • At least one must speak to your character (see Rhodes Selection Criteria above).  

NOTE: Prior to requesting letters, you must fill out the ONSF Student Waiver form. You will receive a copy of the form to serve as a FERPA Release for Letter Writers that will need to be submitted to each of your letter writers when asking them to write a letter of recommendation for you. A link to the Letter of Recommendation online submission form will also be provided via email after you submit your ONSF Student Waiver.

2.     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. See additional note below.

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

U-M Endorsement

Top candidates for U-M endorsement will be invited to interview with members of the UM nomination committee via videoconference.  The endorsed candidates will work with Henry Dyson to complete the final application on the Rhodes website.  Final endorsement and all application materials, including letters of reference, must be submitted to the Rhodes Trust by July 31st.  

NOTE: Rhodes Personal Statement for ALL Rhodes Scholarships

*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."