Description and Eligibility Information

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (established in 1903) international scholarship program in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the program offers 100 fully-funded scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom – one of the world’s leading universities.

Rhodes Scholarships are for young leaders aof 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.

Selection of successful candidates will be based on the criteria set out by the Rhodes Trust:

  • Academic excellence
  • Energy to use your talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, including where teamwork is involved).
  • Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship.
  • Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in your fellow human beings.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are responsible for reviewing the Which Scholarship and Application Overview pages on The Rhodes Trust website for full details on applying.

  • Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Education/residency: You must be domiciled in Canada
  • Age: Upon 1 October 2021, you must meet either of the below criteria:
  • You must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1997 and on or before 1 October 2003).

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

  • You must have not reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1994) AND you have met or will meet the requirements for completion of your first degree must have been (or will be) awarded on or after 1 October 2020
  • Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2022) 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.

Carleton University Rhodes Scholarship Application Process

Candidates must submit an internal application to be considered for university endorsement. Internal applications will be reviewed by the Carleton Rhodes Scholarship Internal Selection Committee. Only institutionally endorsed candidates will be provided the authorization code to complete the online application through The Rhodes Trust website.

Candidates must submit the following documents, in English and in one pdf to Jenna.McConnell@carleton.ca by Monday, September 6, 2021 (23:59 Eastern). Documents for the internal review process are similar to the documents that are required for the official application if selected for endorsement. Please see The Rhodes Scholarship for Canada Information for Candidates document for full details.

  • 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 personal statement of no more than 1,000 words. Please ensure that your personal statement:
    • Addresses your general interests and activities. What inspires you? What are your passions?
    • Discusses your aims and priorities and the contributions you have made and hope to make to the world and/or communities of which you are part.
  • A copy of transcripts of all university studies completed.
  • Names and contacts of your six referees.

Candidates will be notified of the committee’s decision and provided further details if selected for endorsement. Official applications to the Rhodes Trust must be submitted online by Monday, September 27, 2021 (23:59 Pacific Time).