The Rhodes Scholarship

The Basics

Check out application details, success stories and videos on the Rhodes Scholarship page in Storify!

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

Questions? – email

More information is available via Storify!


What’s New!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Deadlines for undergraduate, graduate, MBA and Medicine students to submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application are approaching. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

OSAP peer-support sessions: We are now offering peer-support sessions every Tuesday from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in MUSC 213. Our student ambassador will be available to help current and incoming students with their 2018/19 OSAP applications. Learn more about our peer-support sessions.

2018 Schulich Leaders: Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Schulich Leaders Scholarships! Four students have received Canada’s most prestigious national STEM scholarships to attend McMaster. Learn more about the 2018 Schulich Leaders.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website as soon as possible.


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