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:
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:
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: rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/media/2948/canadamemorandum.pdf
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 4:30pm (CST) on Monday, August 28, 2017:
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 ox.ac.uk/admissions, as well as on individual faculty/departmental websites.
- 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: ox.ac.uk;
- 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: rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply.
- 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.
- 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 (email@example.com) 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: https://rhodes.embark.com/auth/login.
Please contact Mr. Brent Deere, Research Awards Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-474-8697) if you have any questions throughout this process.