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Rhodes Scholarships


The Rhodes Scholarship supports an international cohort of students for at least two years in a degree program at Oxford University. Thirty-two Rhodes Scholars come from the United States each year. Rhodes Scholarship applicants must be nominated by Dartmouth College to compete nationally. Rhodes Scholars are selected in November and enter Oxford in October of the following year.

The Rhodes Scholarship criteria, set forth in the will of Cecil Rhodes, include academic excellence as 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).

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:

***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.



The following information primarily applies to applicants from the United States and Canada. These individuals must seek a nomination from Dartmouth. Applicants from other countries are encouraged to meet with fellowship advising for help with the process in their specific country.

  • US or Canadian citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Age 18, but not yet 24, by October 1 of application year.
  • Academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor's degree before October 1 of year following application.


 Application Process


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 Fellowship 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 Fellowship Advising office by the preliminary application deadline of July 1, 2016.  NOTE: You should not submit your Personal Statement at this time. 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 & Fellowship Registration Web Form.
  • Nomination Permission form and Waiver. If you are also applying for the Marshall or other scholarships, you must submit the following waver regarding the personal statement: Additional Waiver
  • Rhodes Recommendation Letter Information Sheet
  • List of Activities (2 pages)
  • Recommendation Letters: 8 for US applicants (4 academic, 1-4 non-academic) and 6 for Canadian applicants. DUE July 21
  • Academic Transcript: Current Undergraduatesshould order an unofficial transcript through Banner Student, and email the PDF to 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 Fellowship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH  03755 or email (NOTE: If your Dartmouth transcript shows a "TR" for study abroad or other courses, you MUST have a separate transcript for those courses. This is true even if the program originated through Dartmouth).


Recommendation Letters DUE July 21

Before finalizing your recommenders, please review the Guidelines for Writing Recommendation Letters. Please also provide your recommenders with these guidelines. You will also need to provide them with the Rhodes Request for Letter of Appraisal form when it is available.

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

US Applicants need eight recommendation letters for the official application; Canadian applicants need six letters. At least four of these letters must be from faculty. Faculty letters should be very detailed and 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 based on class standing.

Recommendation letters should be sent to Fellowship 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 recommendation letters
  • Transcript(s)

Campus committee interviews 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 must upload the official transcript PDF to the online application.

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


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

Frequently Asked Questions


Last Updated: 6/19/17