Important Deadlines

Spring 2017 British and Irish Scholarships Info Session


The Rhodes Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars who show promise of contributing significantly to the world around them, particularly in the performance of public service. Thirty-two are awarded in the U.S. each year. British Commonwealth citizens apply through their home countries, which often have earlier deadlines.

Programs Funded

The award supports two years (with a possibility of extension to a third year) of full-time study toward a graduate degree or degrees at the University of Oxford, England. Completing a second Bachelor's degree is sometimes appropriate, though in recent years only a small minority of Rhodes Scholars follow this route. It is also possible to receive the award for a one-year graduate course of study under certain circumstances. The scholarship covers tuition and fees plus a maintenance allowance and round-trip travel.


U.S. citizens must be at least 18 and not yet 24 years old by October 1st of the year of application, and hold a bachelor's degree by the time they take up the scholarship. Commonwealth citizens should check the age requirements for their countries, which vary.  Application deadlines also vary and in countries other than the U.S. may be much earlier.  Pomona College works with Pomona students and graduates of all eligible nationalities.

Selection Criteria

Proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality demanded of applicants, but they are also required to show integrity of character, courage, selflessness, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the fullest. Athletic participation was for many years a requirement, but today this criterion is expressed as the physical vigor necessary to lead an active life of service and accomplishment.  There is no formal minimum GPA but most Rhodes Scholars in recent years have had near-perfect undergraduate GPAs.

Application/Nomination Process

Internal Application

1. Log on to Fluid Review at, using your Single Sign-On ID and password. Start a Rhodes Scholarship application and register the names and email addresses of the recommenders who have agreed to write for you. Make sure you do this at least two weeks before the September 1st deadline so that your reviewers have plenty of time to write. Your recommenders will be asked to email their letters directly to us at

2. Create an Embark account through the official Rhodes Scholarship site and work through the application, including writing a Personal Statement. DO NOT request letters through this site or submit your application yet--we will ask you to do so only if you are nominated by the college in September.

3. Create a cover sheet for our committee that includes your name, the city and state of your permanent residence, and the name of your proposed program at Oxford.

4. Create a single PDF with your cover sheet, a 1-2 page resume, and your personal statement. This will be your internal Rhodes application.

5. Upload the PDF of your application to the Fluid Review Rhodes application that you started in Step 1. Submit your application through Fluid Review by 5pm on September 1, 2017.

Letters of Reference

5-8 letters of reference are required. Learn more about Letters of reference.

Note on Personal Statements

According to new Rhodes Scholarships policies, Rhodes application personal statements may not be reviewed by anyone other than the writer herself. Please do not show your personal statement to anyone; doing so could disqualify you from the competition.

The Rhodes Trust has put together a video with advice on constructing your personal statement.

Advisors 2017-2018

  • Jordan Kirk
  • Samuel Yamashita

Official Rhodes Website