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Purpose: The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, to bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars were elected in 1904.
Eligibility: Applicants must be unmarried U.S. citizens between 18 and 24 years of age (citizens of other countries apply through Rhodes offices in their own countries.)
They must complete a B.A. before tenure at Oxford begins. Applicants must demonstrate:
- academic excellence
- physical vigor and penchant for athleticism or success in sports
- truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness, and fellowship
- moral force of character and instincts to lead.
Award amount and conditions: Two years of study at Oxford University. Tuition, fees, living allowance, and travel expenses to and from Oxford are made in direct payment to the college and the scholar. There is potential for renewal for a third year.
Number offered: 32 American scholars per year. Amherst can nominate as many candidates as are deemed eligible.
Deadline: Preliminary applications are due in the Office of Fellowships early in September.
Application materials: Preliminary application forms are available in the Office of Fellowships, 213 Converse Hall.
Official website address: www.rhodesscholar.org
For more information:
413-542-2536 Fax: 413-542-8555
The Office is located in
213 Converse Hall.
The mailing address is:
Office of Fellowships
Amherst, MA 01002