The Rhodes Scholarship application is available each year in early July.
In 2016, the application deadline is 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
District receptions and interviews are held annually on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving holiday. Districts will notify candidates regarding interview status at differing intervals, but in all cases no later than two weeks prior to the interviews. Election announcements are made at the conclusion of the Saturday interviews.
For those contemplating application, rules and requirements will generally remain similar from year to year.
Please review carefully the materials for applicants posted on this site for complete application information. While not exhaustive, the following is a quick guide to eligibility:
The applicant must be eligible to apply through one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or one of the U.S. territories: either in the state or territory where he or she was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where he or she will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.
The applicant must be prepared to attend a reception and personal interview, and remain for possible reinterviews and the election announcement, in the city serving the respective district region, on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving holiday. A link above on this page titled ‘District Regions’ will display where interviews will be held, and the states and territories within each district. Please be aware that there may be changes in interview locations and the states and territories grouped within districts from year to year.
Beginning with the selections that took place in November 2014, certain United States lawful permanent residents became eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. Citizenship by the time of application is no longer the only test of United States eligibility.
To be eligible if not yet a United States citizen, an applicant must have been lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident of the United States no later than five years prior to the deadline for application for a Rhodes Scholarship, and must also have maintained United States permanent resident status continuously for the entirety of the five-year period prior to and including the date of the deadline in the current year for the application for the Scholarship. In 2016 the application deadline will be Wednesday, October 5, and a non-U.S. citizen applicant must be able to provide evidence of lawful permanent resident status during the five-year period October 5, 2011 through and including October 5, 2016. An applicant applying as a United States lawful permanent resident shall not have applied for the Scholarship as a citizen or permanent resident of another country, may not apply in two jurisdictions at once, and may not apply in a different national jurisdiction after having applied in the United States. A sample of the declaration that applicants will be required to submit, and a special FAQ concerning the documentation to be submitted with the declaration can be obtained via the below link.
Deadline: October 5, 2016
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