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 established 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 2021 competition (2022 Rhodes Scholarship), the following Eligibility Criteria apply:
- Nationality/citizenship: You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
- Education/residency: You must be domiciled in Canada.
- Age: Upon October 1, 2021, 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 October 1, 1997 and on or before October 1, 2003).
- 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 October 1, 1994) AND you have met or will meet the requirements for completion of your first degree on or after October 1, 2020;
- Academic achievement: You must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2022) 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.
The Rhodes Trust focuses on four criteria, which are used in the selection of Scholars:
- 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.
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.
University of Manitoba – Internal Rhodes Scholarship Application Process
Our institution has implemented an internal selection process to select up to six applicants per year that will be officially endorsed by the University of Manitoba for consideration of a Rhodes Scholarship.
To be eligible for one of these six 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 to Mr. Brent Deere, Research Awards Administrator (email@example.com) by 4:30pm (CST) on Monday, August 23, 2021:
i. A copy of your birth certificate confirming that you meet the age criterion (in JPEG or PDF); in the case of candidates born outside of Canada, an English translation must be provided;
ii. A copy of a valid passport (with translation, if necessary), confirming that you meet the citizenship criterion (in JPEG or PDF). 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;
iii. A copy of your official transcript (certified by the Registrar’s Office), showing grades achieved to date (in JPEG or PDF);
iv. A full curriculum vitae (in PDF) 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. Your CV should be wholly accurate and a fair representation of your achievements. You should anticipate that details will be checked for embellishments and inaccuracies. Material misrepresentation will result in disqualification of an application and, where appropriate, the rescinding of a scholarship. Examples of misrepresentation include exaggeration of roles/accomplishments/ participation/biography; embellished publication lists; inflation of GPA/grades.
v. An academic statement of study of no more than 750 words (in PDF), which:
a. Tells us your reasons for wishing to study at the University of Oxford, what your first and second choice courses of study are, and why you wish to pursue them. It is important that you have a firm idea of which course / courses are viable for you to study at the University of Oxford (if you are listing a one-year course, please given an indication of your intentions for the second year). Note that not all University of Oxford courses are covered by the Rhodes Scholarship - and you should refer to the Conditions of Tenure for further information.
b. 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: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate.
c. If you wish to undertake a DPhil, provides a brief outline of your proposed research area, how it contributes to your future career plans, and list both the Department in which you propose to undertake your research and one or more researchers with whom you would like to work at Oxford.
It is a good idea to discuss your proposed course of study with your academic mentors and/or 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 https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions, 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.
DPhil candidates: please do not approach faculty members at Oxford until or unless you have been selected as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.
Master’s candidates: please note that Oxford faculty members are not able to correspond with applicants.
vi. A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words (in PDF). 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 and academic statement of study, 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 ‘Application Overview’ page.
Please ensure that your personal statement:
a. Addresses your general interests and activities. What inspires you? What are your passions?
b. Discusses your aims and priorities and the contributions you have made and hope to make to the world and/or communities of which you are part.
Your personal statement should be wholly accurate and a fair representation of your story, written in your own words from your own perspective. Material misrepresentation will result in disqualification of an application and, where appropriate, the rescinding of a scholarship. It 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.”
vi. The names and contact details of six referees who will provide information regarding your qualifications (in PDF). Professional or institutional affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number must be included for all six referees.
a. 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.
b. Two or more of your 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. A good referee is one who knows you well, rather than a well-known person who only knows you superficially. Please note that Rhodes Scholarship referees are not typically personal friends, contemporaries or relatives. If a referee fits into one of these categories, they should make the connection clear within the reference.
c. Choose reliable people who are likely to respond to your request for a detailed reference, as their letters will be crucial to your application.
d. Ask their permission before listing them as referees.
e. Forward to them the Guidance for Referees.
Note: It is highly recommended that your six referees provide letters of reference. Referees should email their letters of reference (max. 2 pages each, in PDF) directly to Mr. Brent Deere, Research Awards Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org), by 4:30pm (CST) on Monday, August 23, 2021.
After August 23, 2021, our internal UM Rhodes Selection committee will review the application materials received and will meet to discuss and select up to six applicants to endorse on behalf of our institution. Note: Selected applicants who are unsuccessful in their first application for a Rhodes Scholarship can officially re-apply only once more (if still eligible). Therefore, our internal UM Rhodes Selection committee will select the same applicant (if applicable) to endorse only twice on behalf of our institution.
Monday, September 13, 2021
All internal UM applicants will be notified at that time of the results, and the six selected UM applicants will have approximately two weeks to complete and submit their application packages to the Rhodes Foundation. Mr. Brent Deere will be available to work with these six 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 (e.g., the written statement from the President endorsing the candidacy, the authorization code, etc.)
Monday, September 27, 2021 (23:59 Pacific Time)
Official deadline for the six short-listed UM applicants to submit their application packages directly through the online portal to the Rhodes Foundation: https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply/canada
Please contact Mr. Brent Deere, Research Awards Administrator (email@example.com), if you have any questions throughout this process.
Revised June 8, 2021