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Rhodes Scholarship

A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom and provides recipients with direct payment of the Oxford University (and College) fees, two economy class flights - to and from the UK - for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford, plus an annual stipend and a settling in allowance which are paid directly to the recipient.

Given the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, aspects of the application requirements and subsequent selection processes may be subject to change. Our website will be updated with any changes once we are made aware of them from Rhodes Trust, and once you have started an application any changes will be communicated via email from The Rhodes Team via the Embark system.

We encourage potential applicants and those interested for future years to access the informational webinar that was recently put out by Rhodes Scholarship about the Rhodes Scholarship for Canada.

Amount

Varies

Application deadline

2022 UVic application deadline August 8, 2022

Are you eligible?

A candidate must:

  • 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
  • Upon 1 October 2022, 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 1 October 1998 and on or before 1 October 2004).

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 1 October 1995) AND your first undergraduate degree must have been (or will be) awarded on or after 1 October 2021
  • have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2023) 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.
  • If unsuccessful in your first application to the Rhodes Scholarships, you may subsequently re-apply only once more (and this must be in the same constituency), subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

All candidates currently attending or just completed their studies at the University of Victoria must participate in the UVic screening process. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will contact the President’s Office and request an endorsement letter for all successful UVic applicants and send the letters to the Secretary of the Regional Selection Committee. Applicants will not be provided with a copy of the endorsement letter directly.

Previous students of the University of Victoria, who have been granted a degree from UVic, may also apply through their province of residence, but must still participate in the UVic screening process.

Basis of Selection

Proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be required to show integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full. The last of these qualities may be evidenced through participation and success in sports, or other ways that demonstrate candidates have the physical vigour to make an effective contribution.

For the University of Victoria internal screening competition the qualities listed above will be demonstrated by:

  • Excellent academic standing of cumulative GPA of 8.0 or higher
  • Achievement of academic merit awards, such as scholarships, awards and prizes
  • Consistent and ongoing participation in community and volunteer activities on campus or in the community at large that demonstrate leadership, community service and integrity of character

The presence of these qualities must be evidenced through the candidate’s application, a thoughtful and well written personal essay, and letters from 6 references.

How to apply

Applications are to be done online through the website for the Rhodes Trust

Students are to complete the application, PRINT the entire application to PDF, including ALL supporting documents and send the application package to Alexis Ramsdale at fgsschol@uvic.ca - UVic deadline August 8, 2022. No deadline extensions will be possible.

Applicants will be able to create a Rhodes Application account to complete an application by bypassing the code entry page, but will not be able to submit the application directly to Rhodes.  Finalists in the University of Victoria internal competition will be provided with the code to submit their full application to Rhodes by the application deadline September 28, 2022. 

About selecting referees

You must provide a list of six (6) people who are willing to submit references on your behalf. At least three of the referees must be people who taught you in your undergraduate studies (they should clearly indicate so in the letter), 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 referees should act as character references who will testify to your character and/or your involvement in extra-curricular/service or leadership activities. Your referees must not be personal friends, relatives or contemporaries.

Contact your referees very early to request their support. Your referees must be able to submit an initial reference letter for you and if you are nominated, they must be willing to submit a final reference letter via the Rhodes application portal. Share the Guidance for Referees document with your referees to help direct their letters.

Referees must email a PDF of their signed letters to Alexis Ramsdale at fgsschol@uvic.ca by Monday, August 8, 2022 or the application will be considered incomplete and disqualified.

Please be sure to notify your references that there are potentially two deadlines they must meet; the internal UVic competition deadline of August 8, 2022 and if you are successful in the UVic competition, your referee will need to upload their reference letter to your online application for submission by October 5, 2022.

What happens if I am nominated by UVic?

By the beginning of September 2022, successful applicants will be given the authorization code to upload their final application to Rhodes by the deadline. The Rhodes committee will invite their shortlist candidates for an online interview to take place in November, and winners will be announced early in 2023.

Questions about this competition can be directed to Alexis Ramsdale at fgsschol@uvic.ca.

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