External Scholar Programs

The University of Alberta is pleased to support UAlberta students who intend to pursue graduate studies through partnerships with prestigious scholarship organizations. The prestigious scholarships are to support students looking to pursue graduate studies at either the University of Oxford or McGill University. 

Rhodes Scholarship

Scholarship Details

The Rhodes Scholarship supports 100 exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford, in England. Each year, 11 students from across six regions in Canada are selected, including three students from the prairies region. Since inception, the University of Alberta has been fortunate to have had 75 of its students selected, including seven since 2015.

Value: The Rhodes scholarship covers tuition and application fees at Oxford, a personal stipend, and economy-class airfare to the U.K. from Canada at the beginning and end of the scholarship. For more information, see the Rhodes Trust website.


This competition is open to any University of Alberta student who will have completed a bachelor's degree by the time the study period at Oxford commences.

The Rhodes Scholarship is an internationally competitive program: in addition to the basic eligibility requirements, candidates must demonstrate exceptional academic and leadership achievements.

Please visit the Rhodes Scholarships for Canada website to see the complete list of eligibility requirements for the competition. To be a successful applicant, we encourage you to read the Memorandum for Canadian students.

While the program seeks to recruit a diverse array of applicants and abilities, most successful candidates exhibit a combination of the following traits:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
  • Extra-curricular involvement
  • Passion, empathy, energy, commitment, and drive

How to Apply

In order to apply to the Rhodes competition, your application must first be reviewed by a University of Alberta selection committee, then forwarded to the President for endorsement. Only once you have been formally endorsed by the university can you apply to the Rhodes competition.

Note: the following application timeline is for the study period commencing October 2021.

Step 1: Apply for endorsement

Deadline: August 23, 2020

Submit the Personal Statement and Curriculum Vitae you will use for your Rhodes application via email to awards@ualberta.ca.

Your Personal Statement should, in 1,000 words or less, explain your intention to apply to the Rhodes competition, your academic and extra-curricular interests, your intended course of study at Oxford, and your future academic/career goals and aspirations.

Your CV/résumé should include your principal commitments and honors while at university, including scholarships, prizes, awards, leadership positions, athletic record, and extracurricular activities, as well as any other accomplishments. This should not exceed two A4 (12pt) pages in length.

Step 2: Apply to the Rhodes competition

Deadline: September 25, 2020

Deadline for Referees: October 10, 2020

The application form can be found on the Rhodes website.

You can start filling out a Rhodes application at any time during the application period, but you will not be able to submit it until you receive the endorsement and authorization code.

If you receive endorsement from the President, the Office of the Registrar will contact you by no later than September 16 with the necessary authorization code in order for you to submit your application to Rhodes.

The Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee will select applicants to proceed to regional interviews, which will take place in November 2020. Successful Rhodes Scholars will be announced at the regional interviews.

McCall MacBain Scholarship

The McCall MacBain Scholarship is Canada’s first comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarship at the master’s level. It provides a full graduate scholarship for master’s and second-entry professional undergraduate studies at McGill University. Applications are open from June to September 2020 for an expected program start of Fall 2021.

McCall MacBain Scholars will be selected for their exceptional character, track record of community engagement, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, academic strength, and intellectual curiosity.

Value: The McCall MacBain Scholarship covers tuition and fees for an eligible master’s or professional program at McGill University, a living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms, and a comprehensive enrichment program including mentorship, interdisciplinary learning, and access to a global community.


In order to be eligible for the McCall MacBain Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Hold Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status in Canada.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree, or be on track to graduate with one, by August 2021.

Please note that the McCall MacBain Scholarship offer is conditional upon admission to an eligible master’s or professional degree program at McGill University. Students must apply separately to McGill for admission. In most cases, they will apply to McGill after applying for the McCall MacBain Scholarships, but before final interviews in January 2021.

Visit the McCall MacBain Website

How to Apply

Students will need to submit the comprehensive online application (open from June to September), including two reference letters.

All current students and recent alumni who graduated (or expect to do so) in 2019 or later from Canadian public universities must earn an endorsement from their institution. More information about this process will be available on this page in the coming months. Please check back for more details. 

Applicants for the scholarship also need to apply directly to McGill University for at least one eligible full-time master’s or professional program by the first deadline for Fall 2021 admission.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in regional interviews taking place across Canada throughout November. From there, selected applicants will be invited to participate in final interviews taking place in Montréal in the following January.