Fellowships@Brown

Rhodes Scholarship

Deadline 08/08/2014
Eligibility Seniors and recent alumni
Contact Linda Dunleavy
Website http://www.rhodesscholar.org

Description

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and perhaps the best known of the postgraduate scholarships. An endowment bequeathed by Cecil J. Rhodes in 1903 established the Rhodes Scholarship Trust to bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. Every year, thirty-two U.S. citizens win Rhodes Scholarships.

The Rhodes is a graduate scholarship for two years of study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars may pursue any full-time graduate course offered by the University, whether a taught Master's program or research degree.

Eligibility

Rhodes specified in his will the four standards by which applicants should be judged: 

  1. Literary and scholastic ability and attainments;
  2. Truthfulness, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
  3. Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in, one’s fellow beings;
  4. Physical vigor, energy.  This used to be associated with sports, but the Rhodes Trust now has a broader interpretation of this standard.

The Rhodes has recently broadened its scope; when looking for civic leadership, committees will not disqualify a social activist, and when looking for athletic prowess, they might accept hiking. Rhodes has deemphasized sports because of the developing “professional orientation” in college athletics. Athletic achievement combined with successes in other areas, however, would not be a detriment. The most important qualities are character, intellect, and an ability to make a difference in the world. People who are strongly goal-oriented and who have achieved some measure of success in these goals make good candidates. As stated by the Rhodes Trust, “Intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for further study in the proposed field.”

    Benefits

    The Rhodes Trustees cover all educational costs, including tuition, relevant fees, and travel for two-three years of study at Oxford University.

    Applying

    Download our brochure "Guide to Fellowships in the U.K. and Ireland" (to be posted in early May)

    Rhodes Sample Activities Lists

    Information for Applicants about Letters of Recommendation

    Information for Referees writing in support of candidates from the classes of 2013 and 2014

    Information for Referees writing in support of candidates from the class of 2015

    If you are alumni and would like a copy of the above documents, please email Linda_Sutherland@brown.edu 

    As part of the application process, the Rhodes Scholarship Trusts requires that Brown and other universities review prospective applicants to determine their suitability for institutional endorsement as Rhodes Scholarship candidates. Accordingly, a committee made up of faculty and deans has set the following guidelines for Brown's in-house review. By the campus deadline of August 8, 2014, candidates must submit the following via UFunds, Brown's online application system.

    • A completed application form as found on the Rhodes online application site.
    • A two-page activities list that includes extracurricular activities (such as community service, leadership, athletic participation, etc.) and academic involvements outside the classroom such as research or publications, as well as other honors.
    • Short answers to a Brown specific questionnaire in UFunds
    • At least five and no more than eight letters of recommendation, at least four of which mush be from Brow faculty. 
    • An official Brown University transcript.
    Candidates from the class of '15, who will be enrolled students at Brown in the fall of 2014, must register as candidates for Brown's nomination for the Rhodes through Brown's online application site UFunds and upload the application materials there. UFunds will be available in early June for all undergraduate applicants applying for the Rhodes

    Candidates from the classes of '14 and '13 will need to submit these materials electronically to Linda_Sutherland@brown.edu as the UFunds system does not accommodate candidates who will have already graduated by the deadline. 
    • At least five and no more than eight letters of recommendation, at least four of which must be from Brown faculty (Please consult with Dean Dunleavy about exceptions.)
    Candidates from the class of '15 must register their recommenders on Brown's online application system, UFunds. Once they are registered, the system will generate an automatic email to the recommender with login information and instructions for submitting their letters.

    Candidates from the classes of '14 and '13 must have their letters of recommendation sent electronically to Linda_Sutherland@brown.edu or mailed to the address below. Letters of reference should be addressed to the Rhodes Scholarship Committee. Information for Referees writing in support of candidates from the classes of 2013 and 2014.

    Candidates from the classes of '14 and '13 - TRANSCRIPTS - Send hard copies of your official Brown University Transcript and, if applicable, transcripts from other institutions you have attended both domestically and abroad) to Linda Sutherland at the address below. 

    No one should submit their application through the Rhodes online application system prior to Brown's internal review. 

    Linda Sutherland, Program Coordinator for Fellowships
    Brown University
    University Hall, Suite 213
    1 Prospect Street, Box 1828
    Providence, RI 02912



    Recipients

    2012-2013
    Clayton Aldern, '13
    2011-2012
    Brianna Doherty, '12
    Nabeel Gillani, '12
    Emma Leblanc, '11
    David Poritz, '12
    2009-2010
    Zohar Atkins, '10
    2008-2009
    Rakim Hassan Brooks, '09