The Rhodes Scholarship

The Basics

What is a Rhodes Scholarship?

What is the value of the scholarship?

  • University application fee
  • Tuition and fees at Oxford University are covered for 2 or 3 years of study
  • One economy class airfare to Oxford at the start and conclusion of the scholarship
  • Living expenses are included (14,276 U.K. pounds/year). Value depends on residential college attended.
  • Depending on selections, the award is worth at least $50,000 per year


McMaster students are invited to apply.  Applicants must be:

  • Have a cumulative average of at least 10.5
  • Except for Medicine students, have received an undergraduate degree prior to taking up the scholarship
  • Enrolled in final year of study
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident in Canada
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 24 years

Basis of Selection

The following qualities are considered in selecting a Rhodes Scholar:

  • Literary and scholastic attainment
  • Fondness and success in outdoor sports
  • Truthfulness and courage
  • Devotion to duty
  • Sympathy for and protection of the weak
  • Kindliness
  • Unselfishness and fellowship
  • Exhibition of moral force of character
  • Instincts to lead and take an interest in ones’s contemporaries
  • Character and intellect
  • Financial need does not receive special consideration

Institutional Endorsement

  • The McMaster application for Institutional Endorsement is available by clicking on ‘Apply for Financial Aid’ in the Mosaic Student Center starting mid-August
  • Deadline to apply for Institutional Endorsement is Sept. 11
  • A McMaster selection committee reviews applications and selects student(s) eligible for endorsement
  • Students eligible for Institutional Endorsement will receive an authorization code to submit the Rhodes Scholarship application online
  • The McMaster President will write a letter of endorsement for the eligible applicant(s)

How to Apply for the Rhodes Scholarship

  • Submit an application online via the Rhodes Scholarship website
  • Deadline to apply is late October
  • Required Documentation: official birth certificate, medical certificate, an unmounted head and shoulders photograph, three additional letters of reference
  • Letters of Reference: a minimum of three of the six required letters should be from persons under whom the applicant has studied at university

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