The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field. Through the years, Rhodes Scholars have pursued studies in all of the varied fields available at the University of Oxford.
Mr. Rhodes wanted the administrators of his Will to seek out those qualities of excellence in young people which would contribute to “the world’s fight.” He specifically directed that no candidate for a Scholarship should be qualified or disqualified on account of race or religious opinions.
The criteria which Mr. Rhodes set forth in his Will still guide Committees of Selection in their assessment of applicants. The Will contains four standards by which prospective Rhodes Scholars should be judged:
Literary and scholastic attainments;
Energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports. Satisfying the second standard does not require evidence of outstanding achievement in organized sports. All applicants, however, should be able to demonstrate the physical vigor which will enable them to make an effective contribution to the world around them
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.
Underlying these standards is the aim that Scholars be physically, intellectually, and morally capable of leadership, that is, persons who, in Mr. Rhodes’ phrase, will “esteem the performance of public duties as [their] highest aim.” From this statement one may infer that he expected his Scholars to play an influential part in the betterment of society, wherever their careers might lead them.
Conditions of Eligibility
Applicants apply as a representative of one of the fifty states: either in the state in which they will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1, 2012, or in the state where they were legally resident on April 15, 2011. (Applicants are warned that selection committees are instructed to verify legal residence.) Simultaneous application to more than one District Committee will disqualify an applicant.
At the time of application:
• An applicant must be a citizen of the United States; pending application for citizenship does not qualify a person to apply
• An applicant, by October 3, 2012, must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age. (Applicants will be eligible who were born after October 1, 1988 and on or before October 1, 1994.)
• An applicant must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1, 2012.
All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford. Average scholarship is around $50,000.
The 2011 online application will be available July, 2011.
Application date is October 5, 2011. Any application received after deadline is not accepted.Scholarship Website:http://www.rhodesscholar.org/