Rhodes Scholarships provide for one or two years of post-baccalaureate study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of a third year for students continuing for a doctorate. There are few restrictions as to field of study, but the proposed course must be available at Oxford and applicants must be academically prepared to undertake the course.
There are four main criteria for selection:
- academic distinction,
- service to others, and
- physical vigor.
Each Rhodes Scholarship provides direct payment to a scholar’s college of all tuition fees (such as matriculation, tuition, and certain other set charges), plus a maintenance stipend of at least £12,900 per year paid directly to the scholar. The Rhodes Trust also assists scholars in their travel expenses to and from Oxford.
Applicants must be citizens of the U.S., Canada, or another country participating in the scholarship program, and under the age of 24 or 25 at the time of application, depending on the country.
Rhodes Scholarship selection committees look for candidates who best embody the qualities that Cecil Rhodes set forth in establishing the scholarships. Proven intellectual and academic achievement at a high level is the first of these, but applicants must also demonstrate integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the fullest. These criteria are intentionally comprehensive—intellectual excellence is required, but not in isolation from other qualities.
University endorsement: Columbia University must nominate candidates for consideration in the U.S. and Canadian competitions each year. Students may not apply independently for these fellowships without first having been endorsed. Rising seniors, graduating seniors, and recent graduates of Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies are eligible, provided they meet scholarship criteria.
Meet Columbia’s most recent Rhodes Scholars: Raphael Graybill ’10CC (Political Science), Jisung Park ’09CC (Economics and Political Science), Jason Bello ’08CC (Economics and Political Science), and George Olive III ’08CC (Economics and Environmental Science)