Rhodes Scholarship



The Rhodes Scholarships, established in 1903, are the oldest international scholarship programme in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom – one of the world’s leading universities. Rhodes Scholarships are for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others, and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.


  • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
  • energy to use one’s talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings


  • U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents
  • Citizens of one of the other Rhodes countries/regions: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, East Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi), Germany, Global Rhodes (NEW), Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), Syria, United Arab Emirates, West Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).
  • At least 18 but not yet 24 by October 1 of the year of application.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree before October 1 of the year that study at Oxford would commence.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7.
  • Outstanding intellect, character, leadership potential, and commitment to service.


Rhodes does not accept direct applications for the U.S. and Canadian Rhodes competitions; students must be endorsed by Boston University’s Provost Office. To apply for institutional endorsement:

Carefully review the Information for Candidates.

  1. Complete the brief Intent to Apply questionnaire by July 1st.  This signals your interest in the opportunity and opens up our channels of communication and support.
  2. Submit your full Application for Institutional Endorsement by August 9th, 2024, 12 noon EST.

Direct questions to to Jeff Berg, Director of National & International Scholarships at berg@bu.edu.