The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1903) and one of the most prestigious international scholarship programs, enabling outstanding young people from around the world 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 citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Applications from refugees/asylum seekers currently residing in Canada will also be considered in this constituency. (Students who are attending a Canadian university on a student visa are not eligible to apply).

b. Residency: You must be domiciled in Canada

c. Age: Upon October 1, 2024, you must meet either of the criteria below:

i. You must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after October 1, 2000 and on or before October 1, 2006).

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 October 1, 1997) AND your first undergraduate degree must have been (or will be) awarded on or after October 1, 2023.

d. Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by July 2025) 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.

Candidates will have a higher chance of successful admission to Oxford if they have:

  • A First Class Honours Degree or equivalent, or,
  • A GPA of 3.70/4.0 or higher

Please see the Scholarships area of the Rhodes Trust website for full details at


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.

Timeline and selection process at the University of Ottawa – Important Dates

May 9, 2024University of Ottawa Rhodes Scholarships Information Session.
July 19, 2024Deadline for application for endorsement by the University of Ottawa and to submit a copy of the main documents of their application file by e-mail at [email protected]
July 24 to August 12, 2024Review and selection of the recommended applications by the University of Ottawa Rhodes Scholarships Committee, which mostly consists of professors who are former Rhodes Scholars.
August-September, 2024The selected candidates prepare their application.
September 27, 2024, at 23:59 Pacific TimeOnline application system closing date. All application documents from applicants must have been submitted online in the Rhodes portal by this date.
Early October, 2024The Office of the Vice Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies uploads the President's letters in the web portal.
October, 2024Mock interviews with selected scholarship candidates.
November, 2024Regional Rhodes Selection Committee interviews.

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

Required documents

For information regarding the required elements of the application file, please visit the Rhodes Trust Website.

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 2.

Additional information

Please visit, the Rhodes Scholarships for Canada Website for Information for Candidates (PDF) and guidance for referees (PDF).

uOttawa Recent Rhodes Recipients

2023 - Rayene Bouzitoun, Faculty of Law, LLL
2022 - Ashley Jackson, Faculty of Medicine, Doctorate in Medicine

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