Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year representing the fifty states.

Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars.

Extraordinary 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 study in the proposed field.

Intent to Submit: April 10, 2023
(if you missed this date, please reach out to Cindy Stocks)
Preliminary Interview: End of April 2023
Initial Bowdoin Deadline: 8/25/2023
Campus Interview: 9/1/2023
Official Rhodes Deadline:
Campus Contact: Cindy Stocks
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Please be reminded that Bowdoin’s Honor Code applies to the fellowship application process.