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 2019 Scholarship, all 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, 2019, which means you must have been born after September 30, 1994 and on or before October 1, 2000;
  4. have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2019) 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 3.7/4.0, 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 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.

Rhodes Scholarship guidelines:

University of Manitoba – Internal Rhodes Application Process

Our institution has implemented an internal selection process to select up to 6 applicants that will be officially endorsed by the University of Manitoba for consideration of a Rhodes Scholarship.

To be eligible for one of these 6 spots that our institution will officially endorse for consideration of a Rhodes Scholarship, please submit a complete copy of the following Rhodes application materials via email (in .pdf format) to Mr. Brent Deere, Research Awards Administrator ( by 4:30pm (CST) on Monday, August 27, 2018:

  1. A copy of your birth certificate confirming that you meet the age criterion; in the case of candidates born outside of Canada, an English translation must be provided;
  2. A copy of a valid passport (with translation, if necessary), confirming that you meet the citizenship criteria. In the case of candidates born outside of Canada, living outside of Canada, or attending university outside of Canada, evidence of being domiciled in Canada will be required, which may include driver’s license, evidence of health insurance, and proof of filed tax returns in Canada, amongst other documents;
  3. A copy of your official transcript (certified by the Registrar’s Office);
  4. 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) pages in length. Please do not include a photograph in your CV.
  5. A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words. The personal statement is your chance to tell your story in your own voice: Who are you? What matters to you? What are you hoping to do in the world? Your academic transcript, your curriculum vitae and your reference letters will provide the substantive detail of your commitments and accomplishments, but this essay gives you the opportunity to cast the overarching narrative for the selection committee. You can find further guidance on the personal statement on the ‘Completing Your Application’ page.

Please ensure that your personal statement:

  1. Addresses your general interests and activities. What inspires you? What are your passions?
  2. Discusses your aims and priorities and the contribution you have made and hope to make to the world and/or your local community;
  3. Tells us which course / courses you are most attracted to at the University of Oxford and why. It is important that you have a firm idea of which course / courses are viable for you to study at the University of Oxford - not all University of Oxford courses are covered by the Rhodes Scholarship, you should refer to the Conditions of Tenure for further information. It is a good idea to discuss your proposed course of study with your current professors or lecturers in that field, and, if possible, with someone who has knowledge of United Kingdom universities. Additional sources of information are available online at, as well as on individual faculty/departmental websites. If you are selected for the Scholarship you will have the opportunity to revisit your course choice;
  4. Demonstrates that you are able to meet the entry and application requirements of the specific course you have chosen. Please read the Oxford graduate studies course pages carefully:;
  5. If you wish to undertake a DPhil, you should provide a brief outline of your proposed research area, how it contributes to your future career plans and list one or more researchers with whom you would like to work in Oxford.

Your personal statement should be entirely your own work, with no assistance received. It must be clearly signed by you and must state under your signature that “This statement is my own work and that no external help was given in its creation or editing.”

  1. The names and contact details of six referees who will provide information regarding your qualifications. Professional or institutional affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number must be included for all referees.
    1. At least four of your referees must be academics who have taught 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.
    2. Two or more of the six referees should testify to your character and/or your involvement in extra- curricular/service or leadership activities. These referees should be persons who are able to comment critically on whether you fulfil the extra-curricular, non-academic requirements of the Scholarship and who can speak in detail to your character.
    3. A good referee is one who knows you well, rather than a well-known person who only knows you superficially. Your referees will not typically be personal friends, relations or contemporaries. If you do request a reference from a referee who falls into this category then they should make the connection clear within the reference.
    4. Choose reliable people who are likely to respond to your request for a detailed reference, as their reports will be crucial to your application.
    5. Ask their permission before listing them as referees.
    6. Forward to them the Guidance for Referees.

Note: It is highly recommended to include copies of the actual letters of reference provided by these six referees. Referees should email their letters of reference directly to Mr. Brent Deere, Research Awards Administrator ( by 4:30pm (CST) on Monday, August 27, 2018.

After August 27, 2018, our internal UM Rhodes Selection committee will review the application materials received and will meet to discuss and select up to 6 applicants to endorse on behalf of our institution.

Monday, September 17, 2018
All internal UM applicants will be notified at that time of the results, and the 6 selected UM applicants will have approximately 2 weeks to complete and submit their application packages to the Rhodes Prairie Office. Mr. Brent Deere will be available to work with these 6 short-listed applicants in preparation of the deadline, and will inform them of what they need to complete in order to secure the other required materials for their application (i.e. the written statement from the President endorsing the candidacy, the authorization code, etc.)

Friday, September 28, 2018 (23:59 PDT)
Official deadline for the 6 short-listed applicants to submit their application packages directly through the online portal to the Rhodes Foundation:

Please contact Mr. Brent Deere, Research Awards Administrator ( or 204-474-8697) if you have any questions throughout this process.


Revised November 28, 2018