Background

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.*

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. 

  • Class year: Graduating seniors and alumni. Upon entry to Oxford, candidates must either be under 25 years of age, or up to a maximum age of 28 years old if they have completed their first undergraduate degree within the last 2 years.
  • Citizenship: Citizens of the United States, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or a U.S. resident with DACA status on April 15 in the year of application (for U.S. Rhodes Scholarships)
  • GPA: Minimum 3.7

Other eligibility guidelines:

  • 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.

*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 endorsement 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 in late summer/early fall. The campus interview process will determine if a candidate is eligible for Davidson’s Institutional Endorsement, which is required for all candidates for U.S. Rhodes Scholarships.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program, Center for Career Development, at gradfellowships@davidson.edu or schedule a Fellowships & Scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Assistant Director for Fellowships & Scholarships, through Handshake (login required). 

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