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. The award covers educational and living expenses. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars.
- a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States prior to and including at least 5 years of the application deadline.
- sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.
- at least 18, but not yet 24 years of age.
Applicants are chosen on the basis of the criteria set down in the will of Cecil Rhodes. These criteria are first, academic excellence. This is a critical but only threshold condition. A Rhodes Scholar should also 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. In short, the Rhodes Trust seeks outstanding young men and women of intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service.
To be considered for a UCLA campus nomination, applicants must submit the following to the Scholarship Resource Center at 233 Covel Commons by the UCLA campus deadline of June 30:
- Personal statement
- An annotated resume that details your research experience, honors, and awards. Click here to learn how to prepare an annotated resume.
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. For the UCLA campus application, these may be unofficial transcripts.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- The names and affiliations of the additional two to five people from whom you will request recommendations if you are selected as a UCLA candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship.
See campus application instructions for further details.
Applications must be endorsed by UCLA before they can be submitted to the Rhodes Trust. In the endorsement process, the campus selection committee reviews application materials and selects UCLA’s nominees.
For more information about the Rhodes scholarship and Oxford University, please visit the following sites: