Rhodes Scholarships 2015


Rhodes Scholarships 2015

Office of the Dean of Students

What is Rhodes?

• A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford

• Duration of two years

– A Scholarship may be renewed for a third and final year for those who were admitted to pursue a doctoral degree

• A Rhodes Scholarship covers:

– All University and College fees;

– A maintenance allowance which is fixed by the Trustees (£1,115 per month 2015-16);

– Private health insurance, currently offered through BUPA;

– One economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the scholarship and one economy flight back to the student's home country at the conclusion of the scholarship.

• *Detailed conditions of tenure can be found on the Rhodes website*


Full-time students at McGill University who are available to study at

Oxford University the year after applying (fall 2015).

A candidate must:

• be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;

• be domiciled in Canada;

• have been born after 30 September 1990 and on or before 1

October 1996;

• have received an undergraduate degree before taking up the


*While GPA is only one assessment criterion, candidates are advised that a GPA of 3.75 is a suggested minimum to be competitive.

– If you only had one semester where your GPA was lower, then your application could still be competitive. In your essay, you can always give an explanation if you think it’s necessary.

General Application Process

• Apply first to McGill’s internal selection process

(September 26)

• McGill Workshops (TBA)

• McGill Interviews (October 2 and 3)

 *If you are not selected for a formal recommendation, you are still encouraged to apply independently

• Formal application submitted to Rhodes (October 17)

– Authorization code for the Rhodes application submission will be given to applicants prior to this date

• Provincial level selection process begins

– Meet & Greet cocktail (basis for who they interview)

– One interview at provincial level (early November)

– Selection complete by mid November

McGill Internal Selection Process

1. August 25-28: McGill info sessions

2. TBA: Info Session given by Quebec Secretary

3. TBA: Application Workshops

4. Friday, September 26 (noon): Deadline for

McGill applications

5. October 2 to 3: McGill Interviews

6. Wednesday, October 8: Deadline for

Independent Students

7. Friday, October 17: Applications due to Rhodes

Trust online

McGill Interviews

• Beneficial to participate- internal process prepares applicants for the provincial level

• Questions asked:

– Choice of referees

– Plans for the future

– Goals and aspirations

– Character and commitment to service

– Why Oxford?

Application Checklist

One PDF copy (emailed to deanofstudents@mcgill.ca

) of the following, in this order:

Part of online documents

• Personal Details & Contact Information (page 2)

• Nationality & Residence (page 3)

• Education Details (page 4)

• Proposed course of study (page 5)

• Referee Details (page 6)

"Word" documents

• Personal Essay (word count: 1,000)

• CV/Resume/List of principal activities

• Unofficial transcript

Independent Applicants

• All applicants (whether or not they are selected through the McGill internal process) will be able to apply ‘independently’

• You will still receive an endorsement from

McGill but it will be a general statement

(confirming good academic standing) as opposed to a detailed endorsement (almost like another reference letter)

Independent Applicants

As an Independent Student, in order to ensure that the Office of the Dean of Students will provide you with an endorsement letter, we ask that you please submit your written request by October 8, 2014.

Please provide your:

• Name

• Student ID Number

• Degree granted (for McGill grads)

• Date degree was granted (for McGill grads)

• Province to which you intend to apply

Institutional Endorsement

• All candidates must submit a letter from the

University stating that they are approved as a suitable candidate for the Scholarship

• All candidates currently attending a University must participate in their institution’s screening process and earn the endorsement

– *if they are ordinarily a resident of the country in which the University is located

• At McGill, the Office of the Dean of Students provides endorsement letters

• Advantage of participating in the internal selection process


First Name:

Institutional Endorsement

(page 7 of Rhodes online app.)



Family Name: Costopoulos



Address Line 1:

Address Line 2:



Post/Zip Code:


Telephone number:


McGill University

Dean of Students

3600 McTavish

Suite 4100



H3A 0G3


514-398-1731 deanofstudents@mcgill.ca

Reference Letters

• Names and contact details of 6 referees

– Including a mailing address, email address and telephone number

3 of 6 referees should be persons under

whom the applicant has studied at University

4 of 6 reference letters required should comment upon the applicant’s academic

preparation and scholastic achievements

Reference Letter Submission

• You register your referee details online in your application  Rhodes Trust contacts referees and advises them how to submit their letters of appraisal directly online

2015 Canadian Rhodes Memorandum provides referees instructions regarding the letters of appraisal

– You may want to give this to your referees to prepare them and notify them of proper submission procedure

• Remember to specify the province you wish to compete in and include the name and address of the appropriate provincial secretary

• DO NOT have your referees send their letters of reference to our office. ALL REFERENCE LETTERS MUST



• The McGill internal application requires students to submit a copy of their UNOFFICIAL

McGill transcript (generated on Minerva)

• The Rhodes application (due on October 17) requires an OFFICIAL transcript

– Since your application will be submitted electronically, you provide a scanned copy

– Can be requested online (through Minerva) or at

Service Point

Birth Certificates

• Photocopy of an official birth certificate is needed for the Rhodes online application

– Commissioner of Oaths may certify that a scanned copy is OFFICIAL, but the original birth certificate must be provided in order to obtain a certified copy

– McGill Legal Information Clinic (SSMU Ground Floor) provides this service

• Candidates that move forward will be required to produce their ORIGINAL certificate at the interview

Medical Notes

• If you are chosen as a Scholar-elect, you will be required to submit a medical certificate duly signed by a physician

• Make an appointment with Health Services in advance (514-398-6017)


In the last 10 years…

…12 McGill students have been selected as Rhodes Scholars!



• Do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Dean of


• deanofstudents@mcgill.ca

• 514-398-1731

• Provincial Secretary for Quebec:

Richard Pan

Power Corporation of Canada

751 Victoria Square

Montreal, QC H2Y 2J3 pan@powercorp.com