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Rhodes Scholarships


The Rhodes Scholarship supports eighty-three students from around the world for at least two years of study in a degree program at Oxford University. Thirty-two Rhodes Scholars from the United States are selected each year. Rhodes Scholarship applicants must first be nominated by Dartmouth College in order to compete in the national competition. Rhodes Scholars are selected in November and enter Oxford in October of the following year.

Rhodes Scholars are selected based on criteria set forth in the will of Cecil Rhodes. Academic excellence is the first criteria. Beyond academic achievement, Rhodes Scholars are expected to have “great personal energy, ambition for impact, and an ability to work with others and to achieve one’s goals. In addition, a Rhodes Scholar should be committed to make a strong difference for good in the world, be concerned for the welfare of others, and be conscious of inequities. And finally, a Rhodes Scholar should show great promise of leadership.” The criteria can be summarized as “intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.” (Quotes taken from the Rhodes Trust, 2015).

***All Rhodes applicants should be aware of the Rhodes policy concerning the Personal Statement.  You are prohibited from receiving any assistance with the content, writing, editing, or review of the Rhodes Personal Statement.  All applicants are required to read the Personal Statement guidelines on the Rhodes website.



Applicants must be from one of the Rhodes countries:  the United States, Canada, Australia, Bermuda, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), Syria, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.  For more information about eligibility requirements for each country please see the following link:

The following information is primarily for applicants from the United States and Canada, who must seek a nomination from Dartmouth to apply.  Applicants from other countries are encouraged to meet with scholarship advising for help with the process in their specific country.

  1. An applicant must be a citizen of the United States; or lawful permanent resident (see website for details regarding eligibility for permanent residents).
  2. An applicant, by October 1, 2016 must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.
  3. An applicant must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor's degree before October 1, 2017.



Rhodes applicants from the United States and Canada must receive the endorsement of the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships. The Committee will review all application materials and will interview each applicant to decide on endorsements. You will be informed of your status via email.

All materials must be sent to Scholarship Advising by email.



***Please download and print this checklist of procedures and deadlines***


Preliminary Application (for United States and Canadian applicants)

Applicants will submit the following to the Scholarship Advising office by the preliminary application deadline of July 1, 2016.  Please note that you should not submit your Personal Statement.  Your Personal Statement must, however be finalized and submitted by the September 1 campus deadline.

  • Please register your intention to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship by submitting the Scholarship Registration Web Form.
  • Nomination Permission form and Waiver. If you are also applying for the Marshall or other scholarships, you are required to submit the following waver regarding the personal statement: Additional Waiver
  • Rhodes Recommendation Letter Information Sheet
  • List of Activities (2 pages)
  • Eight Letters of Recommendation (6 for Canadian applicants) (4 academic, 1-4 non-academic references) DUE July 21
  • Academic Transcript:Current Undergraduates should order an unofficial transcript through Banner Student, and email the PDF to  Alumni should order an official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage, and have the transcript sent directly to
  • Transcripts (other institutions):  Please request official copies of any other non-Dartmouth transcripts to be sent to Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH  03755 or email
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Letters of Recommendation DUE July 21

Before finalizing your recommenders, please see our Recommendation Guidelines for UK Applicants tip sheet.  Please provide your recommenders with the Guidelines for Writers of Letters of Recommendation when requesting a recommendation.  You will also need to provide them with the Rhodes Request for Letter of Appraisal form when it is available.

You should also provide them with any information about you that can help them formulate a strong recommendation, such as, information on the scholarship and what your study and research plans are, a copy of your CV, a paper you wrote for their class, research topics, future academic or career goals, etc.  You may not provide them with your Personal Essay.

Eight letters of recommendation are required for the official application (six for Canadian applicants) with at least four of these letters from faculty. Faculty letters are expected to be very detailed and to address the applicant’s intellectual interests quite specifically, perhaps describing memorable in-class debates and/or outstanding scholarly papers from seminars and independent study projects. Applicants should not, therefore, select prospective referees solely on the basis of class standing.

Letters of recommendation should be sent to Scholarship Advising by email.

For more information on recommendation letters, click here.


Campus Deadline and Interviews

All Application materials are due to Scholarship Advising by the Campus Deadline on September 1, 2016.

  • Rhodes and Mitchell Questionnaire
  • Personal Statement (the Personal Statement may be read by the committee after your interview)
  • List of activities
  • All letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s)

Campus committee interviews for all applicants will take place in mid-September. The committee will read all application materials in advance of the interview. If an applicant is off-campus, interviews will be conducted by phone or Skype.

Final Application Submission

**Official Transcripts:  Current Undergraduates should order an official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage once your fall term classes are finalized.  Transcripts should be sent directly to  All nominees are responsible for uploading the official transcript PDF to the online application.

  • Candidates who receive the endorsement of the Committee are responsible for submitting the online application by September 25, 2016.
  • Nominees must upload supplementary materials (for example, your transcripts or photo) by September 25, 2016.  Scholarship Advising will email you a PDF of your official transcript. 
  • Scholarship Advising will upload your institutional endorsement by the deadline of October 1, 2016.


Rhodes Application Schedule

April 2016

Rhodes Information Session

June 2016

Register with Scholarship Advising

July 1, 2016

Preliminary Application Deadline


July 21, 2016

Letters of Recommendation Deadline

September 1, 2016

Final Application Campus Deadline

Mid-September 2016

Interviews with the Committee on Graduate Fellowships

October 1, 2016

Online Deadline for Final 2013 Application

October 1, 2016

Deadline for Institutional Endorsement and Referee Letters

November 2016

Mock Interviews for Finalists

November 2016

Rhodes District Interviews

Late November 2016

Rhodes Scholars Announced



Additional Information

Rhodes Scholarship Website

Email Scholarship Advising

Frequently Asked Questions


Last Updated: 7/29/16