Rhodes Scholarship

Is it for you?

The Rhodes Scholarship funds two years of graduate or undergraduate study at Oxford University.

What are the key dates?

Information Sessions: TBD for 2020, typically early February

JHU Campus Deadline: TBD for 2020, typically late February
Email your completed pre-application form to nfp@jhu.edu with the subject line “GRMMC pre-application.”
*Before beginning the pre-application form, please first read the application overview and then the pre-application instructions.

Are you eligible?

Candidates for the Rhodes Scholarship must:

  • be a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or a U.S. resident with DACA status on April 15 in the year of application; be between the ages of 18 and 24; and have earned a Bachelor’s degree before embarking on the Scholarship. Citizens of certain other countries may apply through regional competitions; new “global” scholarships are open for all others (see Rhodes Trust, Oxford website, “Which Scholarship?” for details).
  • show academic accomplishment (as evidenced in a GPA of 3.7+ among other achievements) and well-rounded intellectual engagement.
  • demonstrate a record of intellectual distinction, leadership, extra-curricular activity, and service to others.

How do you work with the NFP?

To apply for the Rhodes, JHU nomination is required. Candidates must go through a campus pre-selection process that begins in February of the application year. This overview explains the process and includes a detailed timeline. Please read the overview before completing the pre-application to understand the big picture of our UK Scholarships application process. By the February campus deadline, all candidates must complete a pre-application form, using the accompanying pre-application instructions. Contact Dr. Miller with any questions. We closely advise candidates on all parts of the application except the personal statement, including facilitating individual feedback sessions with faculty.

The timeline gives an overview of the application process. Your first step is to attend a live U.K. Scholarships info session. In preparation, explore the resources below to learn more about the Rhodes.

early February Attend an info session
mid-February Submit pre-application materials
March Interview with campus committee
April Attend writing workshops
May-June Participate in junto meetings
June-September Meet deadlines for written materials
early October Meet official Rhodes deadline

Are you competitive?

Thirty-two scholarships are awarded to U.S. citizens/residents each year. Applicants must plan on participating in the pre-selection process in the spring and expect to spend significant time revising the essay required for this application. Selection decisions (both on-campus and at the national level) are based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record: While there is no stated minimum GPA for the Rhodes, a GPA of lower than 3.7 is not competitive. Students should excel in their chosen field. Applicants should be broadly educated and should have chosen challenging courses outside their major.
  • List of Principal Activities and Honors: This list should show sustained commitment to serving others, leadership and initiative, and athletic activity (intramurals or independent activity is acceptable). A significant extracurricular record is necessary to be competitive.
  • Personal Statement: This essay of no more than 1,000 words should give the committee a clear sense of who you are, how your interests have developed, and why study at Oxford and the Rhodes Scholarship fit into your future plans. Applicants must know which degree program they plan to pursue at Oxford and why. Students should be able to describe specific courses, faculty, and facilities that will be available to them at Oxford; they should also be able to explain how the particular degree they have chosen will advance them along their career path. The personal statement is of special importance, and is used as your admission essay to Oxford, should you be chosen as a Rhodes Scholar.

Letters of Recommendation: Five to eight letters are requested; you should aim for eight substantive letters. Three or four should be from professors who have taught you at the undergraduate level. Choose your recommenders carefully. These professors should be able to compare you to other students they have taught, and each letter should shed light on a unique dimension of your candidacy. Do not choose someone who does not know you well, but is a “big name.”

Have a closer look:

Visit the Official Website

The Rhodes Trust

Explore JHU and NFP Resources

All applicants nominated by JHU’s campus committee are enrolled in our GRMMC Blackboard site, which contains a wealth of information and resources about the application process.

Hear from JHU Recipients

HUB article about 2019 Rhodes Scholar Alaleh Azhir

HUB article about 2017 Rhodes Scholar Nicole Mihelson

HUB article about 2015 Rhodes Scholar Peter Kalugin