International Fully funded Gates Cambridge Scholarships For Masters & PhD in UK 2018/2019

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Gates Cambridge Trust is delighted to invite applications from outstanding international students for the International Fully funded Gates Cambridge Scholarships For Masters & PhD in UK 2018/2019,for studies at Cambridge university.

The 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.

The University of Cambridge (informally Cambridge University) is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1209 and granted a royal charter by King Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s third-oldest surviving university. The university grew out of an association of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with the townspeople.The two medieval universities share many common features and are often referred to jointly as “Oxbridge”.

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What You Need To Know About The International Fully funded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The aim of the 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 available to international Masters and PhD students to pursue any course of their choice in the school.

HOST NATIONALITY:

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.

ELIGIBLE NATIONALITY:

The scholarship is open to  international masters and PhD students  who wants to study in UK.

SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS:

  • 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: PhD (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 PhD. 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 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 word) 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 the 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 on-line 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 organisations 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.

Other materials

All applicants must submit an up to date CV/resume.

For PhD 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 PhD 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 DO GATE CAMBRIDGE SELECT ITS SCHOLARS?

Gates Cambridge uses a three-stage selection process to ensure Scholars meet all of our criteria to the highest degree.

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.

2. Shortlisting

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 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.

3. Interview

All shortlisted candidates have a short interview to assess how they meet all four Gates Cambridge criteria and Scholars are selected after interview. More details are available from the interview page.

 

 Fully funded Gates Cambridge Scholarship Application Deadlines

Check which application deadline applies to you for October 2019 entry.

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 2018 for entry in October 2019.

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 1Round 2
Applications open3 September 20183 September 2018
Application deadline10 October 2018Dependent on your course – either 5 December 2018 or 3 January 2019*
Departmental rankingOctober – NovemberDecember – February
Trust shortlistingMid-DecemberEarly March
Shortlisted candidates invited to interviewLate DecemberEarly March
Interviews25 & 26 January 2019 (USA)26 & 27 March 2019 (Cambridge, UK)
Scholarships offeredEarly FebruaryLate March
Scholarships accepted48 hours after offer48 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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