Rhodes-Fellowships and Scholarships Office - Carnegie Mellon University

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship funds two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees including: travel, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees.  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.

Seniors and graduate students who are U.S. Citizens.

Established by Cecil Rhodes in 1903 who aimed to improve 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 to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace.

Rhodes Scholars are selected based on the following criteria:

  1. literary and scholastic attainments;
  2. energy to use one's talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports or intellectual pursuits and rigor;
  3. truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
  4. moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.
Also review: Should I Apply? A Q&A with the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust


Students must apply through FSO and follow the campus deadline.

Campus Registration(pdf)
April 30, 2016

Campus Deadline:
September 2, 2016

Foundation Deadline:
October 1, 2016


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