The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and one of the most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars.

The Rhodes Trust provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholarships are normally held for two years, the duration of most masters’ degrees and bachelors’ degrees for those who already have another bachelor’s degree, or for three years, the duration of many doctorates. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. 

General Eligibility

Please see the program website for specific eligibility requirements.

Candidates must*:

  • Be a citizen of the United States OR a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. OR a U.S. resident with DACA status on April 15 in the year of application
  • 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 the applicant was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where the applicant will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election
  • At least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application)
  • Must have completed (or will have completed before they take up the scholarship) an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a bachelor’s degree) with a GPA of 3.7 or higher

* Please note these are the general eligibility requirements for U.S. Rhodes applicants. Candidates may be eligible in other Rhodes constituencies . Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria for any constituency may be able to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration or for one of the Global Rhodes Scholarships.

Application Process

Davidson College supports and must endorse qualified Davidson candidates for the Rhodes Scholarship. Davidson Rhodes candidates must apply through the campus application process, which begins in the spring semester before the annual application deadline. The campus process requires advanced submission of application materials (including references’ recommendation letters) and at least one interview. The campus interview process will determine if a candidate is eligible for Davidson’s Institutional Endorsement, which is required for all candidates for Rhodes Scholarships.

Campus applications are due in late summer/early fall and the national deadline follows closely thereafter. Rhodes district finalist interviews are typically held in November; if selected for a finalist interview, you must appear in person.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program, Center for Career Development, at or schedule a fellowships & scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Assistant Director for Fellowships & Scholarships, through Handshake (login required). Also, visit the Rhodes Scholarship website for more information about both the scholarship and Oxford University.


Davidson Rhodes Scholars

2000 - Christian Mansfield Hunt
1996 - Letitia Marie Campbell
1984 - Hunter Kelly Monroe
1983 - Elizabeth Esther Kiss
1977 - Patrick M. Baskin, Jr.
1974 - Albert S. Kyle IV
1972 - Daniel Gray Clodfelter
1969 - Randel Eugene Philips
1966 - William Mackey Clark
1963 - Daniel A. Carrell
1961 - Henry Grayson Shue
1958 - J. McManus
1956 - Fred Glen Myers
1953 - Hubert N. Cannon
1951 - James J. Murray, Jr.
1950 - Charles T. Davis
1936 - Carleton Chapman
1930 - Dean Rusk
1923 - Robert F. Davidson
1922 - J. McDowell Richards
1918 - Shelby T. McCoy
1906 - Benjamin R. Lacey
1903 - Wilson Plummer Mills