Thirty-two Rhodes Scholarships are awarded each year to U.S. citizens, for two years of study at Oxford University in England. The scholarship pays all fees and tuition in addition to a personal allowance. Scholars may earn a Master's degree, a second B.A. or, in some cases, a D.Phil. Students who...
- Have achieved intellectual excellence as well as literary and scholastic attainments,
- Have the energy to use one's talents to the full,
- Are dedicated to truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship,
- Have the moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.
...should consider applying for a Rhodes Scholarship. While the criteria may seem vague, the Rhodes Scholarship simply seeks to support excellence at all levels of academic and intellectual achievement as well as public service.
To be eligible for the American competition, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 but not yet 24 on October 1 of the year of application
- Recipient of a bachelor's degree before taking up the award.
Please note that Rhodes Scholarships are available to citizens of more than 20 countries besides the United States. Deadlines for the competition in other countries may be much earlier than those in the United States. In addition, in some countries students pursuing undergraduate degrees abroad are not eligible to apply for the Rhodes. See the Rhodes website for more details.
Criteria for Selection
In keeping with the criteria established by Cecil Rhodes's will, selection committees seek candidates who will be "intellectually, morally, and physically capable of leadership," whether that leadership is in traditional public service or not. In addition to an excellent overall academic record, strong applicants will have extracurricular activities that demonstrate qualities of moral leadership and social purpose. Finally, although Rhodes applicants need not be athletes, some activity that attests to "physical vigor" will certainly strengthen their application. In addition, successful applicants should have strong preparation and a convincing rationale for the proposed field of graduate study.
You may apply either from your home state or from Vermont. Consult with Associate Dean Schnell about which state to choose.
Internal stage: In this first stage, you submit your application to the Honors College two days prior to the UVM deadline and are interviewed soon after by the Fellowships Committee here on campus. This application includes the following elements:
- A current, comprehensive resume, including employment, activities and honors. This need not be limited to one page.
- A "personal statement describing your academic and other interests." This statement "should describe the specific area of proposed study and the applicants' reasons for wishing to study at Oxford. This personal essay must not exceed 1000 words in length and should be written in as simple and direct a manner as possible."
- At least five, and no more than eight, letters of recommendation, at least four of which should be from professors.
- An official transcript.
On the basis of that application and interview, the Committee will prepare an official letter of support for your application. You will also receive some feedback on your application and have a short time period in which to revise materials for your final application. The better and more polished your initial application, the likelier you are to have a strong interview, a strong letter of support, and the strongest possible final application.
External stage: Final application must be postmarked by the external deadline.
Including:. Final application includes:
- Ten signed copies of the official one-page Rhodes application (page A-5).
- Ten copies of a list of principal activities and honors while in college (including prizes, scholarships, offices held, athletic record, extracurricular interests and activities) with dates. No more than 2 pages in length.
- Ten signed copies of your personal statement + proposed course of study, revised to take into account feedback from the UVM committee. One original official transcript + 9 copies, for each college or university attended.
- Ten copies of professional passport-size picture, signed on back.
- One photocopy of birth certificate, passport, or other proof of age and citizenship.
You are responsible for ensuring that your recommenders each send 10 copies of the Letter of Appraisal, to be received by mid-October (Dates vary each year). Finally, please submit one copy of your application form, list of activities, and personal statement to the Honors College, to be included in your permanent file.
After the Application is Submitted
Each state committee will interview selected candidates in early November. If selected by the state committee, a district committee will then interview you mid November.(Dates vary each year). Results are announced at the end of the district interviews.
For More Information
Visit the official Rhodes Scholarship website.
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