Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Gates Cambridge Trust is delighted to invite applications from outstanding international students for the International Fully funded Gates Cambridge Scholarships For Masters & Ph.D. in UK 2019/2020, for studies at Cambridge University.
The Bill Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.
Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The selection criteria are:
- outstanding intellectual ability
- leadership potential
- a commitment to improving the lives of others
- a good fit between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying
While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue the full range of subjects available at the University and are spread across its departments and Colleges.
What You Need To Know About The International Fully funded Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The aim of the Bill Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
LEVEL / FIELD OF STUDY:
The scholarship is To be taken at Cambridge University UK. If you are going to apply for this opportunity you will need to see this Complete Guide to Getting A UK Tier 4 Student Visa For International Students.
The Bill and Melinda gates scholarship 2019 is open to international masters and Ph.D. students who want to study in the UK.
- The scholarship will cover the full cost of study
- the University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate
- a maintenance allowance for a single student
- one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
Fully funded Gates Cambridge Scholarship Eligibility
- a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom.
- applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study: Ph.D. (three-year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two-year research-only degree); or a one-year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
- already a student at Cambridge and want to apply for a new postgraduate course. For example, if you are studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to do a Ph.D. However, if you have already started a course, you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the rest of it.
- already a Gates Cambridge Scholar and want to apply for a second Scholarship. You must apply by the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates.
How to Apply For The Fully funded Bill Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2019 | How to Get Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Applicants must submit an application for graduate admission, a College place and funding – including a Gates Cambridge Scholarship – via the University’s Graduate Applicant Portal.
In addition to the section for admission, the University’s graduate application form includes a specific Gates Cambridge section which asks applicants to submit the following:
A 3,000 character (500 words) statement about their fit with the Gates Cambridge programme
The statement is used by the Gates Cambridge shortlisting committees to distinguish between candidates who have been highly ranked by departments on academic grounds. It helps our committees identify those candidates who, as well as being academically outstanding, possess a capacity for leadership and commitment to improving the lives of others. This is the only part of the application form where applicants are specifically asked about their fit with the Gates Cambridge programme.
A (non-academic) reference about their fit with Gates Cambridge
The Gates Cambridge reference is used in the same way as the statement – to reduce a large number of well-qualified applicants to those who best match the Gates Cambridge criteria.
Referees may paste/type up to 4,000 characters into the online reference or upload a separate letter; they are also asked some specific questions about how they rate the applicant for the scholarship.
Your referee should be someone of appropriate standing who is able to answer the question with authority and who will and fully understand the Gates Cambridge criteria. Applicants often ask academics (who can comment on their fit with Gates Cambridge, not just offer a third academic reference), employers, senior figures in voluntary organizations for whom they have worked and others who can comment on their suitability for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Applicants should not ask family, friends or those unqualified to provide a useful and appropriate reference.
The Gates Cambridge reference is in addition to the two academic references required by the University for admission.
All applicants must submit an up to date CV/resume.
For Ph.D. applicant only a research proposal is also required – if it has not already submitted as part of the application for the course. Where there is specific guidance from the department about word length and format for the research proposal applicants should follow this. If you are a Ph.D. applicant but your department does not require a research proposal then you should submit a document of roughly two pages outlining your research plans to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
Apply now at www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk.
HOW DOES GATE CAMBRIDGE SELECT ITS SCHOLARS?
1. Departmental ranking
In order to ensure only the most academically outstanding candidates are considered, the Trust asks academic departments in Cambridge to rank eligible applicants on academic ability only. Those who are put forward by their departments are considered the most academically outstanding applicants they have received that year.
Once the Trust has a list of all ranked candidates, these are divided into broad subject areas and passed to our Shortlisting Committees. These Committees look at the candidates’ entire application pack (including the Gates Cambridge Statement and Reference) and apply all four Gates Cambridge criteria in order to identify those who will be invited for an interview. Everyone who is shortlisted for interview will have gone through an exceptionally competitive process and will show evidence of meeting the four Gates Cambridge criteria.
All shortlisted candidates have a short interview to assess how they meet all four Gates Cambridge criteria and Scholars are selected after an interview. More details are available from the interview page.
Fully funded Bill Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2019 Application Deadlines
Gates Cambridge considers candidates in two selection rounds each year:
Round 1: US citizens normally resident in the USA only
Applicants in this round must apply by 10 October 2019 for entry in October 2020.
Round 2: All other eligible applicants (part of the Graduate Funding Competition)
The application deadline in this round is determined by the course you are applying for and is set by the central Graduate Admissions Office. You can find which of the two deadlines below applies to you by checking the Graduate Funding Competition deadline in the course directory. Please note that scholars who apply in round 1, or who are eligible to apply in round 1 (ie. US citizens normally resident in the USA), may not apply in this round.
|What stage?||Round 1||Round 2|
|Applications open||3 September 2019||3 September 2019|
|Application deadline||10 October 2019||Dependent on your course – either 5 December 2019 or 3 January 2019*|
|Departmental ranking||October – November||December – February|
|Trust shortlisting||Mid-December||Early March|
|Shortlisted candidates invited to interview||Late December||Early March|
|Interviews||25 & 26 January 2020 (USA)||26 & 27 March 2020 (Cambridge, UK)|
|Scholarships offered||Early February||Late March|
|Scholarships accepted||48 hours after the offer||48 hours after offer|
*The application deadline for Round 2 is determined by the course you apply for. You can check which of the Round 2 deadlines above applies to you by searching the Graduate Funding Competition details in the course directory. Please also note that if a course deadline is earlier than the relevant funding deadline above (e.g. the LLM in Law), you must apply by the earlier course deadline.
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