The Rhodes Scholarships were established in 1903 by Cecil Rhodes who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries trained in the contemplative life of the mind and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Each year 32 U. S. citizens are among the approximately 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University.
Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs such as matriculation tuition laboratory and certain other fees are paid on the scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. In addition each scholar receives a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford and upon application may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel. Must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident of the United States prior to and including at least 5 years of the application deadline-Must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e. the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application)-Must have sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor's degree before October 1 in the year following electionFor more information or to apply please visit the scholarship provider's website.