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Global and US Rhodes Scholarship  (Oxford University, UK)

Award: Tuition and living/ travel expenses at Oxford University

Number of awards: Varies by country; 32 (2 per district) in the US

  • There is no fixed limit on the number of applicant endorsements a UC San Diego can make, but these nominees must exhibit the qualities of a Rhodes Scholar -- literary and scholastic achievements; energy to use one's talents to the full; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

Applications Open: July 1

UC San Diego deadline to be nominated: varies by country; early September for US applicants

Agency deadline for nominations to be submitted: varies by country; 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific on the first Wednesday of October for US applicants. Next deadline: October 4, 2023 for US applicants.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Citizen of the country you are applying from, permanent resident for at least 5 years, or U.S. resident with DACA status (for US applicants). 
  • Literary and scholastic achievement
  • Between 18 and 24 years of age (must be 23 years old on Oct 1 in year of application) 
    • OR
  • Not yet 27 years of age on Oct 1 in year of application, if you complete your first undergraduate degree later than usual
  • At least 5, but not more than 8 letters of recommendation. At least 4 must be from faculty you've received instruction from, and at least 1 must speak to your character.
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Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship requires an endorsement from the UC San Diego Institutional Advisor. It is recommended that applicants review the requirements and meet with the institutional advisor before applying (see contact info below).

Rhodes Website

Contact Information

Contact: Dr. Ross Frank, Professor of Ethnic Studies
Phone: (858) 534-6646

Dr. Ross Frank also advises on: the Rhodes, Truman, and Udall (Native American) scholarships.