Rhodes Canada Scholarship


September 3rd, Rhodes Scholarship Information Session Video (NetID and password required)

2020 Rhodes Canada Competition (2021 Scholarship)

Up to 11 Rhodes Scholarships are awarded annually in Canada, including two in the Maritime Region (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford. Election to the scholarship is normally for two years but the scholarship may be held for one year only, depending on the degree program pursued by the scholar. A scholarship may be renewed, at the complete discretion of the Trustees, for a third and final year for those who were initially admitted to Oxford to pursue a doctoral degree. Scholars may follow their own course of study.

The Rhodes scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all Faculties. The scholarship covers all university and college fees, a personal stipend, living/accomodation expenses, two economy class flights (one at the start of the scholarship and one at the end of the scholarship) to study at Oxford University.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Note: Please review the criteria on the Which Scholarship page to ensure you are applying for the most appropriate Rhodes Scholarship.
  • 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 your 18th birthday and not passed your 24th birthday at 01 October 2020 (must have been born after October 1, 1996 and on or before October 1, 2002) or for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual, must have not reached your 27th birthday (must have been born after October 1, 1993) and your first undergraduate degree must have or will be awarded on or before October 1, 2019.
  • Have completed or will have completed by June/July 2021, an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a Bachelor's degree) to a sufficiently high standard (e.g. First Class Honours or Distinction) to be admitted to postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. Please note 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 (see Eligibility Criteria above)
  • energy to use your 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 your fellow human beings

How to Apply through Dalhousie University

The process for candidates has two parts: an internal screening process by the Dalhousie Rhodes Scholarship Internal Selection Committee and an external application submitted to The Rhodes Trust online portal.  (Please see side bar on the right for deadlines.)

  1. Candidates are to email the following documents, in English, (preferably in one PDF document) to Rhodes@dal.ca. Applications submitted through any other route will not be considered. If you have questions about the Dalhousie internal selection process, please contact Katherine Rudolph or Linda Ruhloff at Rhodes@dal.ca.

    • full curriculum vitae (should not exceed two A4 (12pt) pages), please see The Rhodes Scholarship for Canada Information for Candidates document for full details
    • 1,000 word personal statement, please see The Rhodes Scholarship for Canada Information for Candidates document for full details
    • unofficial transcripts (i.e. Dalhousie University Academic Record is available on Dal Online) from all universities attended
    • Please note: birth certificate, valid passport, written statement from the President, official transcripts, photograph and referee letters are not required for Dalhousie's internal process.  Note about the referee letters: you should contact your six referees (at least three or more of your referees should speak to your academics and two or more of your six referees should testify to your character) and provide them with the two-paged Guidance for Referees document prior to mid September. Institutionally endorsed candidates will need to have their referee letters written by early October for the October 10th Rhodes Trust online submission date.
  2. Candidates will be emailed on the status of their application during the Dalhousie internal screening process.

  3. Only institutionally endorsed candidates will be provided the authorization code from the Office of the Associate Vice-President Academic to submit their online application to the Rhodes Trust. 

  4. If you have any questions about The Rhodes Scholarship for Canada Information for Candidates document, please contact the National Secretary for the Rhodes Scholarships in Canada: Richard Pan.