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Rhodes Scholarship

Campus Deadline for 2018 Application Cycle: August 21, 2017, noon

This national fellowship, open to students from all disciplines, provides funding for a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

You must be nominated by Texas A&M in order to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. If you would like to be considered for nomination, you must submit the following materials to natlfellows@tamu.edu by noon CT on Wednesday, August 21 2017:

 
  1. Personal Statement Max. 1,000 words. Minimum 10-point type. You may not receive any assistance or revisions on your statement from anyone; the statement must be entirely your own work. As specified by the Rhodes Trust, this is a statement “describing your academic and other interests. This statement should describe the specific area of proposed study and your reasons for wishing to study at Oxford, and it must conclude with the following statement, followed by your personal signature: I attest that this essay 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.” Read the full guidelines here.
  2. List of Principal Activities A 2-page resume. Should include extracurricular activities; research (if applicable); awards/honors/scholarships; leadership, academic, or other achievements; community or public service; and employment and/or internships (if applicable).
  3. Texas A&M Transcript You may use the unofficial PDF available for download on Howdy. 
  4. 5-8 Letters of Recommendation At least 4 recommenders must have provided undergraduate or graduate instruction to you. A fifth letter must address your character. You must obtain a minimum of 5 letters. Your letters should be submitted directly by your recommenders, not by you. Please instruct your recommenders to submit your letters to natlfellows@tamu.edu by the same deadline, August 21, 2017 at noon. 

Students can apply for:

Full funding for a degree (bachelor’s, master’s, of doctorate) at the University of Oxford (typically 2-3 years). This fellowship covers college and university fees, a living stipend, and transportation to and from England.

Eligibility

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and cannot turn 24 on or before Oct. 4, 2017. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents for at least five years before the application deadline. An applicant must complete a bachelor’s degree before the scholarship period begins. See full eligibility requirements here.

You are a good fit for the Rhodes Scholarship if you:
  • Have a GPA of 3.8 or above
  • Have excelled in leadership, academics, and community service
  • Are extremely qualified and motivated to pursue an intensive degree program
  • Strongly envision your future in a specific academic field or career and can demonstrate steps you have already taken toward your goals
 
Application

As part of the online application, students must submit:
  • A personal statement (max. 1,000 words) You may not receive any assistance in writing or revising your statement.
  • A list of principal activities (a resume, max. 2 pages)
  • A passport-size photo
  • 5-8 recommendation letters
  • Transcript(s)
More details about the application can be found here.

Timeline
  • Nomination deadline: All application materials must be submitted for internal review by Texas A&M’s selection committee by noon on August 21, 2017.
    • ‚ÄčNominated students should continue refining their applications during the summer and September.
  • Final application deadline: 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time October 4, 2017
Website

http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Campus Contact
Benjamin Simington, National Fellowships coordinator: natlfellows@tamu.edu

Additional Information
 
  • The Rhodes Scholarship is widely regarded as the most prestigious and therefore the most intensively competitive fellowship.
  • According to the official policy of the Rhodes Scholarship, no one other than the applicant may edit, review, or provide suggestions on the personal statement. Your statement for Rhodes must also be entirely separate from any other personal statements you may be submitting for other fellowships or programs.
  • 32 American students are selected as Rhodes Scholars each year.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be able to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship through another country. See the full list of Rhodes countries.
  • This fellowship cannot be deferred but can be renewed.