To be considered for the Rhodes Scholarship, students must meet the specified eligibility requirements and go through the application process. The committee in charge of selecting Rhodes Scholars bases its selection on the criteria that Cecil Rhodes provided in his will.
To be eligible for scholarship consideration, a student must fulfill the citizenship and residency requirements of his country as defined by the program. Age limits vary depending on constituency, but the overarching limits are 18 to 28 years of age, with many places putting the age cut-off at 24 or 25. The education requirements mandate a level of certainty of the student's ability to complete a bachelor program and meet the admission requirements for Oxford.
Students go through a detailed application process, including sending transcripts of higher education accomplishments, curriculum vitae or resumes, personal statements or essays, personal references from those familiar with an applicant's academic history and personal attributes, evidence of English proficiency and various identification documents.
The criteria used by the committee to choose the recipients of the scholarship are scholarly and literary achievements, energetic use of personal talent, leadership, moral character and evidence of various human values, such as truth, devotion and protection of weaker members of society.