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 98 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. Distinction in intellect or character, or a combination of these, is the essential requirement.


For the 2019 Scholarship, it is anticipated that all potential candidates must:

  • 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);
  • be domiciled in Canada;
  • have reached their 19th and not have passed their 25th birthday at October 1, 2019, which means you must have been born after September 30, 1994 and on or before October 1, 2000;
  • have received an undergraduate degree of a sufficiently high standard to be admitted to postgraduate study at the University of Oxford before taking up the Scholarship.

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

  • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
  • 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 beings

In short, Rhodes Scholarship selection committees seek young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. The Rhodes Scholarship supports students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as “leaders for the world’s future”.

The 2018 Rhodes Scholarship guidelines are anticipated to be released in June 2018. 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 2018.

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