The application call for the 2023-2024 Rhodes Scholarship for Canada program is now open. The scholarship program has been created in 1903 and is seen as the oldest international scholarship program in the world. The program is administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford and offers 100 fully funded scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Up to eleven scholarships will be awarded to master’s and PhD students through the Canada program. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a social engagement and a final interview. You must be available to attend both in person, as no accommodation can be made on the date and time, or the mode, of these events. Final interviews will be held across Canada, in November. No candidate will be selected without an interview. All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application.
Seen as the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England. The university hosts more than 24,000 students, including 11,955 undergraduates and 12,010 postgraduates, with 45% of the total student body being international students. Oxford constantly ranked among the world’s top universities and got first place in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings over the last years (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021).
- Host institution: Oxford University, in the United Kingdom.
- Fields of Study: Masters and PhD programs available at the University of Oxford.
- Number of Awards: up to 11.
- Duration: Not specified.
- Eligible countries: Opened to citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
Rhodes Scholarship for Canada Benefits
Selected candidates for this Europe scholarship program will have the following coverage:
- all University and College fees;
- the University application fee;
- a living stipend of £18,180 per annum (£1,515 per month) for 2022-2023 to cover the living expenses and accommodation fees;
- fee required to apply to study at the University of Oxford;
- student visa fee;
- fees for associated International Health Surcharge (IHS);
- one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship, and one economy flight back to the student’s home country at the conclusion of the scholarship.
- On arrival in Oxford, Scholars receive a settling in allowance and for those Scholars who transition to a second course of study in Oxford, they will again receive assistance to cover the fee for visa renewal and further application for IHS.
Rhodes Scholarship for Canada Eligibility
To apply for this United Kingdom scholarship program, candidates must meet the following criteria.
- Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
- Education/residency: You must be domiciled in Canada
- Age: Upon 1 October 2023, you must meet either of the criteria below:
- You must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1999 and on or before 2 October 2005).
- 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 1996) AND you have met or will meet the requirements for completion of your first degree and must have been (or will be) awarded on or after 1 October 2022.
- Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2024) 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.
- Re-Application: If unsuccessful in your first application to the Rhodes Scholarships, you may re-apply subsequently only once more and only in the same Rhodes Canada region as the original application, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
Note: 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.
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How to Apply to the Rhodes Scholarship for Canada
Those who would like to be considered for this university scholarship should click on the apply button below and follow instructions to submit their applications.
You must submit a completed application form online with copies of the documents and information detailed below. All documents must be submitted in English, or with English translations included. Please note that, if you are invited to an interview, you may be asked to bring the originals of all documents with you:
- Your birth certificate, confirming that you meet the age criterion.
- A copy of a valid passport confirming that you meet the citizenship criteria. Evidence of domicile in Canada will be required for candidates who were born, or currently living or attending university, outside of Canada.
- An official transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date). If possible, your transcript should also include the number of students and your rank in each year of your course).
- A written Statement from the President or Acting President of your College or University endorsing your candidacy for the Scholarship. All candidates currently attending a University must earn the endorsement of their University President or equivalent representative. The endorsement should confirm that you are a student in good standing at the institution and, where possible, additional information in support of your candidacy.
- If English is not your first language, please also see the University’s English language requirements
- A full curriculum vitae that 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 head-and-shoulders color photograph (jpg format).
- An academic statement of study of no more than 350 words.
- A personal statement of no more than 750 words.
- You will need to provide a list of six people (your referees) who are willing to submit references on your behalf: i. At least three of your referees should be academics who have formally taught and graded you in your undergraduate (or, if relevant, postgraduate) studies and who can comment in detail on your academic ability and how well they think you would fare at Oxford.
Place of Application
Applications can be lodged for consideration via six regional Selection Committees responsible for selecting the eleven scholarships available each year:
- British Columbia – 1 Scholarship
- The Prairies – 3 Scholarships
- Ontario – 2 Scholarships
- Quebec – 2 Scholarships
- The Maritimes – 2 Scholarships
- Newfoundland & Labrador – 1 Scholarship
Applicants currently studying in Canada are eligible to apply in a region based on either of the following two criteria:
The region in which you attended a university that has granted or will be granting you a degree, with the exception that applicants not also ordinarily resident in Newfoundland & Labrador may not apply in that region Given the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, aspects of the application requirements and subsequent selection processes may be subject to change. Our website and this document will be updated with any changes, and once you have started an application any changes will be communicated via email.
The region in which you are ordinarily resident. If you are ordinarily resident in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut, you may apply in the Prairies Region Applicants currently studying outside Canada must apply in the region where they are normally resident. If you are in doubt about the appropriate region in which to apply, you may contact the National Secretary for a decision based on available evidence. Contact details are on the final page of this Memorandum.
Note: Please do not upload documents, certificates, testimonials or links / URL’s other than those required. All applications must be submitted online. No alternate method of application is accepted. There is no application fee for submission of the Rhodes Scholarship application form.
For any further questions, please visite the official website or send a message to [email protected].
The application deadline for the Rhodes Scholarship for Canada is September 28, 2023. For more details, please visit the university website. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.