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CU Application Process

Important Dates

August 12 Deadline: Applications due to the Fellowship Coordinator. See below for details.
September 8-15 Endorsement committee interviews
September 24 Deadline: FINAL SUBMISSION of endorsed applications
Early October TBA Rhodes Trust e-receipt deadline for application and institutional letter
November Practice interviews for applicants invited to Rhodes district committee interview
November TBA Rhodes interviews. Rhodes Scholars selected.
April 2021 Cornell Fellowships Reception for all endorsed applicants



Applications from students and alumni must be processed and endorsed through the CCS fellowships office to be eligible for the competition at the regional and/or national level. Endorsement decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

You must contact Beth Fiori, the Fellowship Coordinator, to begin the application process. You will submit the materials below electronically to the Fellowship Coordinator by the August deadline. The Fellowship Coordinator will forward your application materials to the Cornell Endorsement Committee.

Submit to the Fellowship Coordinator:

  • Waivers and Memoranda of understanding (available from Cornell fellowships office)
  • Application form (available on Rhodes Scholarship site)
  • List of principal activities and honors as described on the Rhodes Scholarship site
  • Personal statement as described on the Rhodes Scholarship site*
  • Original, official transcript(s) of all college work
  • Institutional endorsement form. Fill out the shaded box with the requested information. This form must be typed.

*Effective 2014, applicants are not permitted to receive any feedback on the personal statement from any source. See the Rhodes Website for details and talk with the Fellowship Coordinator if you have questions or concerns.

All letters are due to the Fellowship Coordinator by the August deadline. You should ask for recommendations at least four weeks before the due date. Have a conversation with your potential recommenders so they understand the scholarship's selection criteria and have enough information about your candidacy to write a detailed, evaluative letter. Recommenders should NOT submit their letters on line to the district committee until after the Cornell endorsement committee's decisions are made in September. It is your responsibility to inform your recommenders of the Cornell endorsement committee's decision (N.B. This is different from the Marshall letter submission process).