Rhodes Scholarship

This award requires university nomination or interview and cannot be applied to directly. Students must work with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships and meet university deadlines.


The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. 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.


  • Campus Deadline: Aug. 1
  • External Deadline: The first Wednesday of October each year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Rhodes Scholarship is open to graduating seniors or recent alumni, in all disciplines.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.
  • In addition to scholarly achievement, applicants must clearly demonstrate leadership capacity and commitment to the common good.

How to Apply

Apply online on the Rhodes Scholarship website.

Selection Process

Students who complete all application materials will be considered for nomination to the Rhodes Scholarship. A faculty committee will select UB’s nominees and provide the institutional nomination.

Campus Liaison

Elizabeth Colucci

Past Award Recipients at UB

Year Name Award Field(s) of Study Hometown Graduate School
2009 Aaron Krolikowski Finalist Political Science and Social Science Interdisciplinary Glenwood, NY University of Oxford
1988 Daphne Bascom Finalist   Williamsville, NY University
of Oxford and University of Pittsburgh