The Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award supporting exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. The program was initiated in 1903 and first awarded in Canada in 1904. To date, the University of Manitoba has had the privilege of cultivating 99 Rhodes Scholars.

Up to 11 Rhodes Scholarships are awarded annually in Canada, including three in the Prairie Region of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Scholarship is tenable for studies at the University of Oxford in England for two or three years, beginning each year in October.  Selection is made by committee after personal interviews and on the basis of the candidate’s record.


For the 2020 Scholarship, it is anticipated that all potential candidates must:

  1. 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);
  2. be domiciled in Canada;
  3. have reached their 19th and not have passed their 25th birthday at October 1, 2020, which means you must have been born after September 30, 1995 and on or before October 1, 2001;
  4. have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2020) 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.

The Rhodes Trust focuses on four criteria which are used in the selection of Scholars:

  • academic excellence (e.g. First Class Honours or GPA of minimum 3.7 out of 4.0, or equivalent)
  • energy to use one's talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly 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 one's fellow human beings

In short, Rhodes Scholarship selection committees seek 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.

The 2019 Rhodes Scholarship guidelines are anticipated to be released in June 2019. Last year’s guidelines are available here:

Please visit the Rhodes Trust website for further information:

How to Apply Through the University of Manitoba

Beginning in 2017, our institution has implemented an internal selection process to select a limited number of applicants that will be officially endorsed by the University of Manitoba to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship.

Further information regarding the requirements of our institution’s internal selection process will be available in May or June 2019.

Please contact Mr. Brent Deere, Research Awards Administrator, ( or 204-474-8697) for inquiries.


Revised February 14, 2019