Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarship recipients receive support for two years graduate study at Oxford University, Great Britain, with third year possible. Applicants should demonstrate intellectual achievement, integrity, leadership, energy, and concern for others, and must be in their senior year or beyond and 18-23 years of age on October 1 of the year of application. The Rhodes Scholarship is awarded to 32 students each year. 

Rhodes scholarships are available to US citizens and students who possess citizenship from other eligible countries (see page 10 of the Rhodes brochure for eligibility of other nationalities). More information about the scholarship available at the Rhodes scholarship website.

Scholarships for graduate study

To compete for a Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell or Churchill Scholarship, candidates must meet eligibility requirements set by the scholarship programs. All require that an applicant be a U.S. citizen (See page 10 of the Rhodes brochure for eligibility of other nationalities). Participation in the competitions at the national level requires formal nomination by an applicant's university.

Campus nomination deadline

The next campus deadline for nomination for a Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell or Churchill scholarship is Monday August 23, 2021.

A minimum 3.7 GPA (cumulative) is required at the time of the campus nomination deadline.

Students seeking nomination must send a brief email to campus representative Paul Fogleman (pfoglema@iu.edu) stating their intent to apply. (This is not a commitment to completing the application. An indication of your interest in seeking the nomination will aid in planning and organizing the campus review.) 

There are four parts of the campus nomination application. Applicants complete the first two and turn them in as Word or pdf documents to Paul Fogleman by email: pfoglema@iu.edu

  1. Three statements are required:

    • Personal statement: Describe the academic and other interests and pursuits that have had the greatest influence on your academic and career ambitions (approximately 750 words).
    • Reasons for studying in the UK or Ireland: Explain why you want to study at the graduate level and the program of study in the United Kingdom contributes to your longer-term academic and professional goals (approximately 500 words).
    • Proposed academic program: Describe your proposed academic program, giving reasons for your choice and for your preferred university. To the extent that they are relevant to your goals, your statement should include mention of specific people; relevant lab and research activity; access to resources and opportunities at the university and beyond. If you are proposing to pursue a research degree, outline the research you wish to undertake (approximately 500 words).
  2. A maximum 2 page CV or résumé listing activities and honors.

  3. Transcripts: unofficial IU transcripts will be accessed by the Office of National Scholarships and Awards and added to application materials.

  4. For currently enrolled students - three letters of recommendation are required. Two of the three must be from faculty who have taught or supervised you. The third letter can be an additoinal faculty member or a professional reference. The letters should comment on your work and accomplishments and be sent by email to Paul Fogleman (pfoglema@iu.edu). Please note that only one letter is needed from each recommender in cases where students are seeking nomination for multiple awards. For alumni applicants who wish to provide two professional references contact Paul Fogleman about whether the reference is permitted. Students and alumni who are nominated will need to provide additional letters for the respective award programs - Churchill (4); Marshall (3); Mitchell (4); Rhodes (5-8).

If you have questions regarding the scholarships or possible programs of study, contact the Nomination Committee Chair, John Karaagac or Paul Fogleman in the office of National Scholarships & Awards.

2021 Nomination Committee Chair John Karaagac jkaraaga@iu.edu
Campus Representative Paul Fogleman pfoglema@iu.edu

Students interested in applying for a Rhodes scholarship need to be aware of a policy for the personal essay which requires applicants to attest that their statement has not been reviewed or edited by anyone else (verbatim description below). In order to meet the Rhodes requirement, applicants will need to inform the campus representative Paul Fogleman (pfoglema@indiana.edu) of their intention to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship and he will advise each applicant accordingly.

All applicants must add the following statement at the conclusion of their personal statement and before their signature:

"I attest that this personal statement is my own work and is wholly truthful. Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it. I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application."