Rhodes Scholarship

Dates and Deadlines

Pre-application deadline:
May 15, 2017

Campus application deadline:
August 23, 2017

Scholarship application deadline:
October 4, 2017


Rhodes Scholars receive the full cost of university tuition and fees, a living expense, and travel to and from the United States for up to 3 years towards a graduate degree at University of Oxford, England.


  1. U.S. Citizen, U.S. permanent resident (must have been a permanent resident for 5 or more years to qualify), or a citizen of a different eligible country
  2. Be a senior and plan to graduate in the current academic year, or a recent graduate
  3. Must apply and be accepted into a graduate program at University of Oxford, England
  4. Must be 18-23 years old at the application deadline

Candidate Profile

Applicants should demonstrate the ability to be a leader in their chosen field who are most likely to make positive contributions to the world. Applicants should have substantial achievements to go along with excellent academics. Applicants should have 5, but no more than 8, letters of recommendation. At least 4 of these must be from faculty. While there is not a specified GPA requirement, competitive applicants will have a high enough GPA to be accepted into any top tier U.S. graduate school.

Applicants should have a desire to study at the University of Oxford, England and should also have a clear, articulate sense of what the University of Oxford stands to gain from his/her presence at the University. Applicants should research specific programs and professors that would make the strongest fit in order to build a competitive application.

Scholarship Website

U.S. Application:  rhodesscholar.org

International Application:  rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/about/rhodes-countries

Campus Procedure

Applicants must be endorsed by UC Davis for their application to be considered. A campus interview will be conducted for all applicants who meet the qualifying criteria to determine who will receive campus endorsements. UC Davis will only endorse students who the committee feels have a legitimate chance of winning the Rhodes scholarship.

To be considered for endorsement, applicants need to submit completed copies of the following documents to the Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarship Office at scholarships@ucdavis.edu

  1. Rhodes Scholarship Preliminary Application (pdf)
  2. Applicant Profile
  3. Rhodes online application