Who is eligible and what are the selection criteria?
GPA minimum: All applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.7. Competitive candidates typically have GPAs in the 3.8/3.9 range and have demonstrated academic excellence through rigorous course selection, independent work, and recognition within the major.
Age: Age requirements vary depending on the country through which you are applying. For the U.S. competition and for Canada, you must at the time of application submission be at least 18 but not yet 24 (older undergraduates who are obtaining their first B.A. must not have reached age 27 and must have finished college on or after Oct 1st of the prior calendar year). To find the eligibility rules for any country, select your country or region on this page, and read their Information for Candidates document.
Citizenship: For the U.S. competition, you must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident (as long as you maintain and expect to maintain legal status as a lawful permanent resident), or have DACA status (with confirmation documents). For other countries with a Rhodes competition, you must have a passport for that country. If you have dual citizenship, apply within the country where you attended college. Students with citizenship from a country or within a region without its own Rhodes apply through the Global Rhodes.
Selection criteria: academic excellence; energy to use your talents to the full (as demonstrated by success in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, including 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 your fellow human beings.