Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships, widely considered the world’s most prestigious international scholarship program, support outstanding students from around the world in postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes, the program aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world's future, and to promote international understanding and peace. Rhodes Scholars are selected on the basis of outstanding intellect and character, capacity and instincts for high leadership, demonstrated rigor and commitment to service and extracurricular activity, with a focus on effecting positive change in the world.

A class of 100 Scholars is selected each year from over 60 countries around the world. 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. Successful candidates in the upcoming competition will undertake their programs of choice at Oxford in the fall of 2019. 

International and domestic candidates seeking the endorsement of Western University's President must submit a competitive application by the SGPS deadline and undergo a successful interview by members of Western’s Rhodes Scholarships Selection Committee. 

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Value and Duration

The Scholarship is normally tenable for two years and consists of:

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for the Rhodes Scholarships, who are current undergraduate or graduate students, must seek endorsement from their undergraduate university. The Rhodes Trust now accepts applications from all citizens in all countries around the world. The majority of applicants will be eligible to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship through one constituency only, such as Canada. A small number will meet the eligibility criteria for more than one constituency and, as they can only apply to one Rhodes Scholarship in a year, they will need to choose. Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria for any constituency may be able to apply for inter-jurisdictional consideration or for one of the new Global Rhodes Scholarships. Read for more detail

The following eligibility criteria apply to all applicants for the Rhodes Scholarships:

Rhodes-Eligible Postgraduate Degrees at Oxford

Rhodes Scholars may undertake any full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford. The basic tenure of the Scholarship is two years, subject always, and at all times, to satisfactory academic performance and personal conduct. For the full listing of degrees offered by the University of Oxford, visit www.ox.ac.uk.

Important Note: Since the residential colleges and academic departments at Oxford determine their own admissions, there is no guarantee of a place and the offer of the Scholarship is not confirmed by the Rhodes Trustees until the Scholar-elect has been accepted by both the University and a College.

Timeline and Deadlines

How to Prepare Your Candidacy at Western

A Rhodes Scholarship Application

To be considered for a Rhodes Scholarship, a student must submit a complete application to SGPS (single PDF) that includes the following, in order:

Selection Criteria

Selection of successful candidates will be based on the criteria set out by the Rhodes Trust. They are:

If You Are Selected for an Interview in Your Constituency

Resources

All information updated May 24, 2018