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 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.

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 Rhodes Scholarship Overview 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. Applications from refugees/asylum seekers currently residing in Canada will also be considered in this constituency.
  • Education/residency: You must be domiciled in Canada
  • Age: Upon 1 October 2022, 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 1998 and on or before 1 October 2004).

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 1995) 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 2021
  • Academic achievement: You must have already completed, or will have completed by July 2023, an undergraduate degree (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with an academic background and grade that – at a minimum – meets or exceeds the specific entry requirements of your chosen full-time course at the University of Oxford (https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/courses-a-z-listing).

Given the very intense international competition for places at the University of Oxford, candidates will have a greater 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 contact the National Secretary if you require further advice about academic requirements of the Scholarship.

  • If unsuccessful in your first application to the Rhodes Scholarships, you may subsequently re-apply only once more (and this must be in the same constituency), subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

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.

Candidates must submit the following documents, in English and in one pdf to Jenna.McConnell@carleton.ca by Monday, August 29, 2022 (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 letter size pages in length with a minimum 12 pt. font.
  • A personal statement of no more than 750 words. Please ensure that your personal statement:
    • Which Rhodes Scholar quality do you display most strongly, and how are other contexts and people helping you to develop the others?
    • What would you like to learn from the Rhodes and wider community in Oxford?
    • From your place in the world, what is humanity’s greatest need?
  • 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 Wednesday, September 28, 2022 (23:59 Pacific Time).