NYU Internal Deadline - May 1, 2018 (see notes below)
External Deadline - October 2018 (for degrees beginning Fall 2019)
|Eligibility||Bachelor's by time of award|
|Duration||Two-year graduate study at Oxford University (with possible third year for D.Phil students)|
NB: Citizens of other nations may be able to compete in their home country's Rhodes competition, if they meet that country's eligibility criteria. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ascertained you are eligible.
From the Rhodes Trust website:
“Rhodes's vision in founding the Scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight 'the world's fight' and to 'esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim', and to promote international understanding and peace. His will outlines four criteria to be used in the election of Scholars:
In short, Rhodes Scholarship selection committees will be seeking young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as 'leaders for the world’s future'.”
If you think you’re eligible for the Rhodes, and you have a clear sense of what you want to study and why, email us at email@example.com by May the 1st at 5pm EST with the subject heading RHODES APPLICATION and include the materials listed below.
Why is the internal deadline so early relative to the external October deadline?
There are a number of stages in developing a Rhodes application. We need to assess your materials and decide whether the Rhodes Trust would consider it a plausible application. After our first meeting with you, it is likely that you will draft and redraft your Statement of Activities. You will need more than two months to comprehensively develop drafts of your Personal Statement. Once you have a solid draft, you will need to contact your recommenders and give them sufficient time (6 weeks) to write a recommendation. We then need at least a month to write your letter of institutional endorsement, which will most likely be signed by the Dean of your school. You can see how this process can easily take the whole summer.
No. We will endorse all who we think are plausible candidates.
We are happy to meet by Skype or talk on the phone in addition to meeting in person.
The Marshall application is the longest application in terms of the actual amount of writing, so we recommend beginning the Marshall before you begin the Mitchell, Rhodes or Gates Cambridge.
Yes. We know that the end of the spring semester can often be hectic, and it’s hard to do this kind of strategizing in the rush of finals. If you realize in May, for example, that you want to apply, please contact our office and we will try to work it out. However, keep in mind that the closer we move to the October deadline, the less time we have to develop your application and the more rushed your letters of recommendation will be. The Schools need at least a month to write your letter of institutional endorsement, which means it is highly unlikely we can endorse your application if you apply as late as mid-August.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org the following materials as attachments within a single email with the heading “RHODES INTERNAL APPLICATION.”
(N.B. It is a Rhodes Trust requirement that you must not receive feedback on any draft of your personal statement. We cannot look at it, your professors cannot read it, and neither can friends or family. If you have already written one, please do not send it to us.)
4. A list of 5-8 recommenders. You will eventually be asked to contact between five and eight people for letters of recommendation. At least four of these must be people “from whom you have received undergraduate or graduate instruction, and at least one letter must speak to your character.” Give us a list of who you would ask, with a brief explanation of why.
Zachary Fine (2016):
Advice: The work required to apply for national scholarships is grueling but worthwhile. The process spans many months and it is not simply taxing on you--your school work, your leisure time, and so forth--but on those close to you. In my experience, it required immense patience and support from my friends and family, not to mention the tireless faculty and administrators who guided me through. The exercise of having to sit down, week after week, and articulate (when crafting the application) precisely what it is you are interested in and how you hope to bring it into the world--this can be maddening but it is important, I sense. By the end of the process, I realized that, even if I was not able to obtain a scholarship, I had become keenly aware of what kinds of issues compel me to think, write, and act in particular ways. For that, I am especially grateful.
Shamma Sohail Faris Al Mazrui, NYUAD (2014):
Advice: The best advice I received was to enjoy the process and not think of it as a competition but an opportunity to express my dream, goals and passion.
Hamel AlQubaisi, NYUAD (2015):
Advice: In a hectic world where we have deadlines to meet and, frankly, TV shows to watch, we sometimes fail to take a step backwards and look at where we are heading with our lives. The most rewarding part of the application process is that it allows us to truly reflect on our future plans.