RIRS Application Guidelines

Rising juniors and seniors (members of the classes of 2018 and 2019) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 can apply to be Rhodes Institute Fellows. A limited number of Rhodes Institute Fellowships may also be awarded to members of other classes. All majors are welcome.

Interested students should consult with a faculty mentor from the 2017 Institute, and submit an application (proposal and writing sample/portfolio project) for a specific research project. RIRS 2017 faculty include: John Bass, Tom Bremer, Noelle Chaddock, Charles Hughes, Natalie Person, Robert Saxe, and Shaolu Yu. Students must also obtain one letter of recommendation from a Rhodes faculty member who is not a current or recent Rhodes Institute adviser.

The deadline for submission of proposals and recommendations is Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Students should submit electronic versions of proposals (Word documents or PDF files preferred) via email to rirs@rhodes.edu, and recommendation letters should be submitted in hard copy to Prof. Charles McKinney, 213 Buckman Hall. Students will be notified of their acceptance in late February.

A completed application will include:

  • Name of primary faculty member you would like to work with
  • A research proposal that is 1000-1250 words in length. This proposal should include
    • A clear articulation of a research problem, along with plan for exploring/investigating that issue
    • Initial bibliography for the project
    • If a creative project, a listing of previous relevant experience
  • A writing sample /research paper/project from a portfolio
  • One letter of recommendation. Faculty from the 2015 or 2016 RIRS session are not eligible to write this letter: John Bass, Tom Bremer, Charles Hughes, Charles McKinney, Natalie Person, Amy Risley, Robert Saxe, Anthony Siracusa, Elizabeth Thomas, and Shaolu Yu.