The Rhodes Scholarship funds one to two full years of graduate study leading to a degree in Great Britain. In past years this scholarship has awarded UT students, in fields ranging from Electrical Engineering to Humanities/Plan I Honors, with the resources to study at Oxford University.
For citizens of the US, a UT Austin committee interviews candidates for this scholarship, and you must have University endorsement to be a UT candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship.
Citizens of other nations are also eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. For a complete list of countries covered by the Rhodes Scholarship, click here. Even if your home country is not on this list, you may apply for a Global Rhodes Scholarship.
Conditions of Eligibility
- Apply as a representative of one of the fifty states: either in the state in which you will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election, or in the state where you were legally resident on April 15 in the year of application. Simultaneous application to more than one District Committee will disqualify an applicant.
- Be a citizen of the United States; pending application for citizenship does not qualify you.
- Be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age by October 1 in the year of election.
Have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.
While there is no minimum GPA, those selected for the Rhodes Scholarship typically have GPAs of 3.8 and above.
Online Rhodes application
- Proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
- A certified transcript
- A current résumé
- A high resolution head and shoulders photograph
- UT Austin endorsement
- At least five, and not more than eight, letters of recommendation. At least four of these letters should be written by persons from whom you have received undergraduate or graduate instruction. A least one letter (the fifth) should speak to your character, and can be written by someone outside the university. Such letters might come from the head of an organization for which you volunteered, a coach, religious leader–someone who knows you well and can write a detailed description of your values and commitments.
- A personal statement not exceeding 1000 words which you must attest as wholly truthful and your own work only (no one should help you with this essay). The statement should describe your academic and other interests, your proposed areas of proposed study (described specifically) and reasons for wishing to study at Oxford. Your statement should be written simply and directly, and set in a typeface no smaller than 10 points. Selection committees will place special emphasis on the personal statement and it may be forwarded to Oxford colleges to which Rhodes Scholars-elect apply for admission. Committees may, in their discretion, reject any personal statement which fails to meet these requirements.
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The deadline for submitting completed applications to the UT Austin Selection Committee is Friday, August, 28, 2020 by 5 p.m. Completed applications should be delivered or sent to:
Professor Douglas Bruster
Department of English
University of Texas at Austin B5000
Austin TX 78712
Letters of recommendation may be emailed to Professor Douglas Bruster. Please address questions to Professor Bruster.