Rhodes Scholarship


Each year, the Rhodes Trust awards 95 scholarships worldwide, including 32 to U.S. students. Past winners have displayed a wide range of intellectual interests and career goals. Historically, Rhodes winners have extraordinary academic qualifications. In addition to proven intellectual ability and academic achievement of a high standard, applicants must have integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, and the ability to lead. A rule of thumb might be 3.8 or above.


Seniors and recent grads (up to age 24) in any field

Award Amount

Funds two or three years' study at the University of Oxford toward a second bachelors or a graduate degree


Northwestern holds internal competition, with interviews, to select nominees. Students may apply for nomination either during Spring Quarter or in September. Stop by the Office to pick up a copy of our handout on application procedures, or email fellowships@northwestern.edu to receive an electronic copy.

Applicants must contact Sara Vaux or Elizabeth Pardoe by the beginning of May (if applying in Spring) or by mid-August (if applying in September). Full applications will be due on internal deadline date.