American Rhodes

American Rhodes Scholarship

Read more about UT’s 2014 Rhodes Scholar, Ms. Lindsay Lee.

The Rhodes Scholarship program is one of the oldest and most celebrated international awards in the world. Each year 32 Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. And, contrary to the popular Rhodes ‘mythology’, applicants are not selected for their athletic prowess as was originally stated in the program bi-laws. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, including a second B.A., or advanced degree. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

The Rhodes Scholarship application requires:

  • A personal statement (1,000 words), including a description of the program of study; the department, faculty, research group and specific description of other resources exclusive to Oxford that will support your course of study and/or research efforts
  • five-eight letters of recommendation (it is highly recommended that you provide all eight letters of recommendations; four must be academic in nature;
  • Official transcripts and a complete online application
  • UT letter of endorsement following campus interview and selection as campus nominee

Note: If selected, candidates will be invited to participate in a national interview process. For more information about preparing for national scholarship interviews, visit the Interview Preparation page.

Rhodes Scholars’ disciplines/course-of-study to be taken up at Oxford: Social and cultural anthropology, Comparative and international education, Latin American studies, Public health, International relations, Politics, Migration studies, International development, Global health sciences, Economics for development, Computer science, Education, Comparative social anthropology (University of Alabama), Evidence-based social intervention (University of the South, TN), Public policy, Medical anthropology, Financial economics, Development studies, History, Modern English literature, Refugee and forced migration studies, Systems approach to biomedical sciences, Global governance and diplomacy, Modern Chinese studies, Contemporary India, Socio-legal studies, Cardiovascular medicine, Experimental psychology.

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University of Oxford Fun Facts

  • The combined collections of Bodleian Libraries number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to vast quantities of materials in many other formats.
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  • Established in 1683, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology is the oldest museum in the UK and one of the oldest in the world. It also houses an exceptional collection of prints which can be viewed by any member of the public upon special arrangement, including those by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Blake, the Pre-Raphaelites and Ruskin, to name but a few.
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