The Rhodes Scholarship Competition 2018

About the Rhodes

The Rhodes Scholarships bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the Oxford University in England. 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 2018 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, 2018, which means you must have been born after September 30, 1993 and on or before October 1, 1999;
  4. 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;
  5. have been chosen as one of the 6 applicants that our institution will endorse to apply for a Rhodes scholarship.

As stated in the Scholarship Overview section of the Rhodes website:

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

  • literary and scholastic attainments
  • the energy to use one's talents to the full,  for example through achievement 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 Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as “leaders for the world’s future”. Rhodes Scholarship guidelines:

University of Manitoba Rhodes Scholarship – Internal Application Process

Beginning in 2017, our institution has implemented an internal selection process to select 6 applicants that will be officially endorsed by the University of Manitoba for consideration of a Rhodes Scholarship.

To be eligible to be considered 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 28, 2017:

  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 factual list of principal activities while in university which should include details about prizes, scholarships, positions of leadership, 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.
  5. A signed personal statement of no more than 1,000 words which:
    1. Addresses your general interests and activities and what you plan to do with your life once you have completed your studies;
    2. Discusses your aims and priorities and the contribution you have made and would like to make to your home country and the region;
    3. Indicates the course of study and degree you wish to follow at Oxford;

It is very important for you to have considered what course and degree you wish to follow at Oxford before you submit your application. It is a good idea to discuss your proposed course of study with your 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.

  1. Demonstrates that you are able to meet the requirements of the specific course you have chosen. Candidates are advised that it is a requirement of many post-graduate courses to submit samples of written work. Some courses also require successful completion of the GRE or GMAT. Please read the Oxford graduate studies prospectus carefully:;
  2. 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 under whom you would like to work in Oxford.

Your personal statement must be clearly signed by you and must state under your signature that “This statement is my work alone, and no external assistance of any kind was received in its creation or editing."

Notes on the personal statement: 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. To see current Rhodes Scholars speaking about the personal statement:

  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 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 act as character referees who will 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. Your referees must not be personal friends, relations or contemporaries.

Note: if available, please also include copies of the actual letters of reference provided by these six referees. Referees can email their letters of reference directly to Mr. Brent Deere, Research Awards Administrator ( by 4:30pm (CST) on Monday, August 28, 2017. If letters are not available at that time, please provide just the names, professional or institutional affiliation, and contact details of your six referees.

After August 28, our internal UM Rhodes Selection committee will review the application materials received and will meet to discuss and select 6 applicants to endorse on behalf of our institution.

Monday, September 18, 2017
All internal UM applicants will be notified at that time of the results, and the 6 selected UM applicants will have approximately 2 weeks at that time to complete and submit their application packages to the Rhodes Prairie Office. 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 applications (i.e. the written statement from the President endorsing the candidacy, the authorization code, etc.)

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Deadline for the 6 selected 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.