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Awards & scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarship and the McCall MacBain Scholarship support exceptional students in pursuing graduate studies in Oxford, England and McGill, Montreal respectively. See below for eligibility criteria and application details.

About the Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship is a post-graduation award that funds a two-year Master's degree of the student’s choice at the University of Oxford in England. The Scholarship covers Oxford University (and College) fees and provides an annual stipend as well as a two economy class flights - to and from the UK - for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford. The scholarship is awarded to 11 outstanding Canadian students, including two from Quebec every year.

The award was originally endowed in 1903 to develop outstanding leaders in public duty ‘for the world’s future’ who promote international understanding and peace. The Rhodes Scholarships continue to offer this life-changing study opportunity to those who excel in academia, as well as in character, leadership and commitment to service in their own community and beyond.

  • GPA of 3.8 or more
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident (not a study Visa)
  • Age must be under 25th birthday on Oct 1st of the application year.
  • Having received an undergraduate degree before taking up the scholarship, i.e. having 30 or fewer credits to complete at the time of application

For the full criteria list, visit the Rhodes Scholarship eligibility criteria website.

Concordia’s three most recent Rhodes Scholars were Sabine Plummer (2022, Dept. of Chemistry) Michael Noonan (2012, Dept. of Biology), Liliane Chamas (2009, Dept. of Biology and Science College) and Carol McQueen (1995, Dept. of History and Liberal Arts College).

The competition opens every year in early June. See the Rhodes Scholarship website for more details. Potential candidates should:

  1. Read the full selection and eligibility criteria on the Rhodes Canada website and check their application page.
  2. Sign up for one of the Student Success Centre’s information sessions: Times will be posted soon.
  3. Although the competition closes every year in September, the application process requires significant preparation by the applicant and therefore we encourage you to begin as soon as possible.

About the McCall MacBain Scholarship

The McCall MacBain Scholarship is a full graduate scholarship at McGill University that covers tuition fees for any master’s program or second-entry professional undergraduate program (i.e. dentistry, law or medicine) at McGill, and provides a living stipend. An enrichment program connects the community of scholars to mentorship, interdisciplinary learning and a global network.

McCall MacBain Scholars will have a track record of community engagement informed by a sense of duty, empathy, intellectual curiosity, grit and a willingness to take risks. They aim to create meaningful and lasting change, while improving the lives of others.

In the selection process, they will look for:

  • Exceptional character
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership potential
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Academic strength and intellectual curiosity

To be eligible to apply, you must have:

  • Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status in Canada
  • A bachelor’s degree, or be on track to graduate before August of your application year. 

For the full criteria list, visit the McCall MacBain application page. 

Concordia's first McCall MacBain Scholar was Sage Duquette (Dept. of Political Science).


Applications open every year in early June. See the McCall MacBain Scholarships website for more details.
  1. Read the full selection and eligibility criteria on the McCall MacBain Scholarships website.
  2. Sign up for an online information session.
  3. Like the Rhodes Scholarships, applications require significant thought and preparation, so we recommend you start as soon as possible.

Thinking of applying?

If you are considering applying for either of these scholarships, please email us at

Information sessions

Learn more about the scholarships and application processes. 

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We suggest reading a former Concordia candidate's reflections on the benefits of applying to prestigious scholarships.

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