Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarship

Key dates for 2019:
September 13th: Deadline for McGill endorsement requests
September 27: Applications due to provincial secretaries

Find the presentation slides from the 2018 information session here.

About the Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. A Rhodes Scholarship covers all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the Scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to the student's home country at the conclusion of the Scholarship.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2018 Awards for Canadians are to be submitted by 23:59, local time, 28 September 2018.


Full-time students at McGill University who are available to study at Oxford University the year after applying are eligible for a Rhodes Scholarship.

A candidate must:

  1. be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (students who are attending a Canadian university on a student visa are not eligible to apply, but may be eligible for their respective countries);
  2. be domiciled in Canada;
  3. have reached their 19th and not have passed their 25th birthday on 1 October 2019, which means you must have been born after 30 September 1994 and on or before 1 October 2000; and
  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.

*While GPA is only one assessment criterion, candidates are advised that a GPA of 3.7 is a minimum to be competitive.


McGill does not have an internal selection process for the Rhodes Scholarship. Applicants must apply online.

McGill instead aims to best prepare all interested candidates for the Rhodes application process. Canadian candidates may choose to participate in McGill's internal preparatory process.

McGill's Internal Preparatory Process

Each year in late August/early September, information sessions are offered to help students who wish to apply for the Rhodes Scholarships. These sessions are designed to provide details and answer questions pertaining to requirements, application procedures, and McGill's internal screening process.

The information sessions for 2018 have passed. If you were not able to attend, find the presentation slides here.

This year, McGill is unable to host preparatory personal statement workshops - as per the Rhodes Memorandum for 2018, students need to attest under their personal statement that "This statement is my work alone, and no external assistance of any kind was received in its creation or editing."  

Endorsement Requests

Applicants applying to Canada, applicants applying to another country's Rhodes Scholarship or graduated students who still meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. Rhodes applicants submit their applications directly to Rhodes online. However, the Office of the Dean of Students facilitates the application process by providing all applicants with an official McGill Endorsement Letter.

As a Rhodes applicant, in order to ensure that the Office of the Dean of Students will provide you with an endorsement letter, we ask that you please deanofstudents [at] mcgill.ca (email us your request) by September 14, 2018.

In the email, please provide your:

  • Name
  • Student ID Number
  • Degree granted (for McGill grads)
  • Date degree was granted (for McGill grads)
  • Degree pusued (for current McGill students)
  • Expected graduation date (for current McGill students)
  • Province or country to which you intend to apply


We would like to acknowledge that McGill University is located on land, which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.