Rhodes Scholarship

NAU's Faculty Representative:  Melissa Hatfield Riggs
Internal Deadline to Apply Through NAU:  July 6, 2016 (preliminary materials)
Official Website: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

What does a Rhodes Scholarship fund?

The Rhodes Trust provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a second bachelor's or graduate degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.


To nurture public-spirited leaders for the world's future, and to promote international understanding and peace.

Criteria for Selection

  • literary and scholastic attainments
  • energy to use one’s talents to the full, for example through achievement in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings

Must have a compelling and logical reason to study in the UK at Oxford.


  • U.S. citizenship or a 5-year permanent resident of the U.S.
    (Note: Students from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), SJLP (including Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine), United Arab Emirates, West Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe can apply separately.)
  • 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).
  • Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following application.
  • Finalists must attend a reception and personal interview in the district region (Los Angeles) on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. Telephone and electronic interviews are not permitted.

Application Components

  • An endorsement letter from NAU.
  • Five, but not more than eight, letters of recommendation. Four of these must be from individuals who are qualified to advise selection committees about the applicant’s academic ability and standing.
  • A personal statement not exceeding 1000 words which must be certified by the applicant as wholly truthful and his or her own work. In other words, no essay feedback from anyone.
  • A list of principal activities (resume).
  • A certified transcript (or transcripts).
  • A passport-size photograph.
  • Proof of citizenship.
  • Finalists must attend a reception and personal interview in the district region (Los Angeles) on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. Telephone and electronic interviews are not permitted.

NAU Internal Deadline Requirements and Process

  • Explore the Rhodes website thoroughly. 
  • Notify me as the Faculty Representative of your interest and feel free to make an appointment (in-person or via Skype) to discuss your eligibility, career plans and fit for the selected program at Oxford.
  • Review my Tips for Applications section.
  • Also see Rhodes Scholars video on writing the personal statement.
  • Send a detailed resume and the Rhodes internal deadline form (including short essay) to the Faculty Representative by July 6, 2016.
  • Work with the Faculty Representative for application and general writing questions and non-essay feedback throughout.
  • Have references send their letters to the Faculty Representative by August 15 (before uploading).
  • Complete application and essay online no later than August 15. Share a copy of the application with the Faculty Representative.  She will share this with a nomination committee if needed.
  • Finalized online application, including all reference letters, by September 28, 2016 to avoid system overload. Official deadline of October 5, 2016.


Please refer your recommendation writers to my Tips for Recommenders. Please also see applicant tips on Working with References.

Note: I absolutely want to review recommendation letters or forms before they are uploaded to the scholarship application site, so ask your writers to send their letter to me at Melissa.Riggs@nau.edu by August 15 (before uploading).