Rhodes scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship program, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

For more than a century, the Rhodes Trust has funded scholarships for exceptional Canadian citizens or permanent resident students, domiciled in Canada to study at the University of Oxford.

Rhodes Scholarships are for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.

Eligibility Criteria

a. Nationality/citizenship: You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada (students who are attending a Canadian university on a student visa are not eligible to apply).

b. Education/residency: You must be domiciled in Canada

c. Age: Upon 1 October 2020, you must meet either of the below criteria:
i. You must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1996 and on or before 1 October 2002).

OR (for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual)

ii. You must have not reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1993) AND your first undergraduate degree must have been (or will be) awarded on or after 1 October 2019.

d. Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2021) an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a bachelor’s degree) to a sufficiently high standard to be admitted to postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. In this respect, please note carefully the requirements for your chosen course at Oxford.

Please see the Scholarships area of the Rhodes Trust website for full details at www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/the-rhodes-scholarship


The Rhodes scholarship covers tuition and provides an annual stipend covering living expenses for study at the University of Oxford.

For more details, please consult Rhodes' website.


2020 Deadline for application for endorsement by the University of Ottawa

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Deadline for candidates to submit a copy of the main elements of their application file to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office at loansandawards@uOttawa.ca. The Rhodes on-line application system will require an authorization code, which can be obtained by sending an email to loansandawards@uOttawa.ca.

The required elements of the application file (all in English) include:

  • A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words. The personal statement is your chance to tell your story in your own voice: Who are you? What matters to you? What are you hoping to do in the world? Your academic transcript, your curriculum vitae and your reference letters will provide the substantive detail of your commitments and accomplishments, but this essay gives you the opportunity to cast the overarching narrative for the selection committee
  • A full curriculum vitae which should include details about academic qualifications, prizes, scholarships, positions of leadership, employment positions, involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments. This should not exceed two A4 (12pt font size) pages in length.
  • A copy of the 6 reference letters submitted in the Rhodes on-line application system (referees can directly send a copy of their letter to loansandawards@uOttawa.ca). At least three of these referees should be persons under whom the applicant has studied at university and should comment upon the applicant’s academic preparation and scholastic achievements. The other two should be able to speak about the applicant’s character and broader non-academic interests.
  • A copy of your official transcripts.

Important notice: Late and/or incomplete applications will not be submitted to the President's Office for a letter of nomination. 

Note: Considering the limited number of Rhodes scholarships available in Canada and the required academic standing to be admitted into Oxford, only applications that are deemed to have a reasonable chance of being selected by the Rhodes Regional Selection Committees will be recommended, and the maximum number of recommended applications for the University of Ottawa will be limited to 3.

2020 Deadline for application to the Rhodes Trust for Rhodes Scholarship

23:59 PT (PDT), Friday, 25 September, 2020

Timeline and selection process at the University of Ottawa

September 8-18, 2020

Review and selection of the recommended applications by the University of Ottawa Committee, which mostly consists of professors who are Rhodes Scholars.

September 24-25, 2020

The Office of the Vice Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, upload the President's letters in the web portal. 

September 25, 2020

On-line application system closing date. All material from applicants must have been submitted on-line by that date (including the letters from six referees), and the statement from the President the University endorsing the candidacy for the Scholarship must have been received by the Secretary of the Rhodes Regional Selection Committee.

October – early November 2020

The Rhodes Regional Selection Committees will make a preliminary selection on the basis of credentials assessed in the written application.

November 2020

The Rhodes Regional Selection Committee will summon to a personal interview some selected candidates (no scholar will be selected for the Scholarship without such an interview). The selected candidates from University of Ottawa should contact ogsp@uOttawa.ca in order to meet with the University of Ottawa Rhodes committee members (Rhodes scholars) for mentoring prior to those interviews.

Additional information

Information for Candidates - Canada (English)
Guidance for Referees - Canada
The Rhodes Scholarships for Canada

 * The information on this page is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment from the University of Ottawa.

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