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.

The campus endorsement application process and resources are available in the Rhodes Fellowships Toolkit article (Handshake login required). Students and alumni interested in applying are encouraged to contact Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning, as soon as possible to discuss their candidacy.

Learn More

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

Davidson Rhodes Scholars

2000 - Christian Mansfield Hunt '00

1996 - Letitia Marie Campbell '96

1984 - Hunter Kelly Monroe '84

1983 - Elizabeth Esther Kiss '83

1979 - Patrick M. Baskin, Jr. '77

1974 - Albert S. Kyle IV '74

1972 - Daniel Gray Clodfelter '72

1969 - Randel Eugene Phillips '69

1966 - William Mackey Clark '66

1963 - Daniel A. Carrell '63

1961 - Henry Grayson Shue '61

1958 - Jason McManus '56

1956 - Fred Glen Myers '56

1953 - Hubert N. Cannon '53

1951 - James J. Murray, Jr. '51

1950 - Charles T. Davis '50

1936 - Carleton Chapman '36

1931 - Dean Rusk '31

1926 - Robert F. Davidson '23

1923 - J. McDowell Richards '22

1919 - Shelby T. McCloy '18

1907 - Benjamin R. Lacy '06

1903 - Wilson Plummer Mills