Rhodes Scholarships fund two years of post-baccalaureate study at Oxford University for students of high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor.

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  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • By October 1, 2017, applicants must be 18-23 years of age.
  • Applicants must be sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor's degree before October 1 in the year following election.
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate:
    • Intellectual and academic achievement
    • Energy to use one's talents to the fullest, which may be shown by participation in organized sports or by other ways in which physical vigor will allow candidates to make a difference in their world
    • Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for, and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness, and fellowship
    • Integrity of character, ability to lead, and interest in and respect for others

 How to apply

  • The application is available online.
  • Applicants who are undergraduates or who have not yet reached their second year of graduate school must receive institutional endorsement from Barb Stedman, director of national and international scholarships, in obtaining the university's endorsement. (Applicants in their second or later year of graduate study should seek endorsement from their graduate institution).
  • Five to eight referees must send their recommendations directly to the selection committee.
  • Applicants must submit the completed application form, college transcripts, list of activities and honors, personal statement, photocopied proof of age and citizenship (birth certificate, passport, or other proof), and passport-size photograph.
  • Applicants are notified in early November if they have been invited for an interview by the district committee, which takes place in mid-November. Each district committee selects up to two Rhodes Scholars.

Rhodes application guidance for Ball State students

  • Click to access an application packet prepared specifically for Ball State students who apply for a Rhodes scholarship. It contains tips on creating the best application possible, a timeline and checklist, advice on getting strong letters of recommendation, and sample essays.
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  • Applications for the 2017 competition must be submitted online by October 4, 2017.
  • The campus deadline is August 25, 2017. All materials must be submitted by this date to Barb Stedman in the Honors College.
  • Pre-application for 2018 competition is April 20, 2017.

Duration and amount

  • Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year.
  • A Rhodes Scholarship covers the full cost of study at Oxford: tuition, all related fees (such as matriculation, laboratory fees, and certain other set charges), a maintenance stipend, and travel expenses to and from Oxford. It may also cover additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.