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About Scholars Academy

The Scholars Academy strives to enhance the academic and professional development of outstanding undergraduate students.

The Idea

Always with an eye to the future, the University of Calgary's Chancellor Emeritus, Joanne Cuthbertson, has played an instrumental part in the development of the Scholars Academy. As a major financial contributor and visionary, much of the program is owed to her for its development.

What Cuthbertson has helped create is a community of support for top students. Surrounded by equally ambitious peers, our students will find inspiration in each other. An annual retreat and monthly program meetings will help our scholars develop and plan their future goals. With one-on-one access to the Scholars Academy Program Coordinator, students will also receive assistance with their applications for the most prestigious scholarships available (Rhodes, Fulbright, McCall MacBain, SSHRC, NSERC, etc.), and the most in-demand professional and graduate programs.

With guidance as a critical component, our scholars will realize their potential, taking the University of Calgary name with them as they are led to even greater opportunities in the community and in their chosen field. It is this vision that Joanne Cuthbertson had in mind when she began this project in 2011.

Joanne Cuthbertson

Joanne Cuthbertson University of Calgary's Chancellor Emeritus

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Supporting our Scholars. Encouraging Excellence

The Scholars Academy provides unique programming and individualized support for the university’s most ambitious students. These students are outstanding academics, leaders in the community, and show enthusiasm toward research and bettering society. Students admitted to the program aim high – for major prestigious scholarship opportunities (Rhodes, Fulbright), and for top graduate or professional programs.

The program is overseen by an Advisory Council. The Council plays a foundational role in connecting students with appropriate and well-known mentors from the external community.

Program Benefits

Find out how the Scholars Academy can benefit you academically and professionally.

Learn more about Program Benefits

Mentorship Program

Learn about the Mentorship Program and how it can facilitate personal and professional growth.

Discover more about the Mentorship Program

Advisory Council

Learn about the Advisory Council and how they support the Scholars Academy.

Find out more about the Advisory Council


Have your questions answered by reading through some of our frequently asked questions.

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Rhodes Scholarship & Killam Fellowship

Applications for the 2025 Rhodes Scholarships

All applicants must be endorsed by their post-secondary institution before applying to the Regional Rhodes Canada Competition. Inquiries can be directed to sap@ucalgary.ca

UCalgary internal deadline for the 2024-2025 cycle: August 11, 2024. To submit an application, please fill out the survey linked below.

Apply now by filling out the survey

Learn more about the Rhodes Scholarship

Information for UCalgary students applying to the Rhodes Scholarships (PDF)


Rhodes Scholarship Information Session

We hosted an online information session for UCalgary students to share more about the Rhodes Scholarship program, review the application process and answer any questions.

You can watch the Rhodes Scholarship information session recording by clicking here

Rhodes Scholarship information session slides

The Killam Fellowships Program at the UCalgary

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional Canadian undergraduate to spend either one semester or full academic year as an exchange student in the United States. For further information on the program, visit their website here.

Learn more about how to apply