(608) 265-2428 -- Academic Awards Office (Dr. Julie Stubbs, Director)
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., and by appointment (Dr. Julie Stubbs office hours)
Undergraduate Academic Awards
445 Henry Mall
Madison, WI, 53706
Purpose Initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarships bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. Mr. Rhodes intended the scholarships to “improve the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own.”
Award The Scholarship covers tuition and fees, airfare, living expenses, and related expenses such as books, for two years of graduate or undergraduate study leading to a degree at Oxford University. At the discretion of the Rhodes Trustees, a scholarship may be renewed for a third year. Up to 32 scholarships are awarded each year to American students.
* U.S. citizen
* At least 18 but not yet 24 years old on October 1st of the year of application
* Attain bachelor’s degree before scholarship begins
* GPA ≥ 3.8 recommended
Selection Criteria (as Cecil Rhodes set forth in his will)
* Proven intellectual and academic achievement
* Integrity of character
* Interest in and respect for their fellow beings
* Ability to lead
* Energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports*
* Involvement in athletics is not required. Applicants may demonstrate the required “energy” in other ways.
Application Process To be considered for nomination, submit a complete application to the UAA Office by the campus deadline. An online application can be found at http://www.rhodesscholar.org/application. Please note that UW–Madison representatives have no way of accessing the online application; see section below for campus submission instructions. In early September, the campus committee reviews applications, interviews strong applicants and endorses top candidates. Endorsed candidates may revise application materials before submitting to the district level of competition in October. The district committees interview finalists and select scholars in late November.