Applications for Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2020 entry are now open
The official notification for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2020 has been released. Interested candidates can check out all of the details given below:
About Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program was started in October 2000 with a US$ 210m contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Cambridge University; this is the biggest ever single contribution ever made to a UK university.
Gates Cambridge will award 80 full-cost scholarships for candidates from outside the UK to undertake a full-time postgraduate degree in any field available at the University of Cambridge. Nearly two-thirds of these scholarships will be provided to Ph.D. students, with about 25 scholarships offered in the U.S. round and 55 in the international round.
The selection criteria are:
- Excellent intellectual skill
- reasons for choosing the course
- Commitment to improving people’s life
- Potential for leadership
The goal of the Gates Cambridge program is to construct a worldwide network of future leaders dedicated to enhancing other’s life.
You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:
- A citizen of any nation outside the United Kingdom
- applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
- One year postgraduate course (with some exceptions – see below)
The programs not eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship are mentioned below:
- Any Undergraduate degree such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)
- Master of Business (MBA)
- Master of Finance (MFin)
- MBBChir Clinical Studies
- MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
- Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
- Part-time degrees
- Non-degree courses
If you have additional questions about your eligibility please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your situation.
Cambridge University scholars come from a variety of backgrounds, each bringing something unique to the programme. University selects them using four criteria.
To be able to compete for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship applicant must demonstrate academic excellence (through transcripts, references, experience, and the potential to succeed in the course chosen). Academic departments at Cambridge University nominate only the exceptional applicants for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which ensures that those whom university select will succeed at Cambridge.
Reasons for choice of course
For a particular postgraduate degree at Cambridge, you should be able to make a strong case. Ph.D. applicants (and most MPhil applicants for research) will need to contact a potential supervisor to develop a research project that is part of the application. You will have to prove you have the educational background and the skills and knowledge you need to finish the course. Taught MPhil and other candidates need to give a strong case as to how they will facilitate their career aspirations by completing the proposed course. Gates Cambridge is looking for scholars with an academically transformative experience at Cambridge, so it’s important that you research completely and justify the course you’re applying for.
Commitment to improving other’s lives
A defining feature of the Gates Cambridge program is the scholar’s commitment to improving other people’s lives. This criterion will be interpreted widely and by offering proof of their past, present and future dedication to the communities in which they will reside and operate, candidates identify it themselves.
A leadership capability
Successful candidates must be able to show a management ability that can be articulated in many ways. Applicants should provide proof of their up-to-date leadership experience and show how their management abilities can affect future careers.
A note on the ratio of Ph.D.: Masters awards
To generate and maintain a sustainable academic community at Cambridge University and for academics to take complete benefit of their time in Cambridge, roughly 2/3 Ph.D. students are selected each year. Special attention should be paid by those applying to taught masters in explaining why this is the ideal course for them and how critical it is to their future educational or professional training plans.
A three-stage selection method is used by Gates Cambridge to guarantee that scholars fulfill all of the requirements to the highest degree.
1. Departmental ranking
Gates Cambridge asks Cambridge academic departments to rank and endorse qualified candidates. Those proposed by departments (a tiny proportion of the complete applicant pool) are regarded to be the most academically exceptional candidates obtained by the department that year, which also fulfill the other requirements of Gates Cambridge.
Once Gates Cambridge has a list of nominated candidates from departments, these are split into broad subject topics and handed to Shortlisting Committees. These committees look at the complete application package of applicants (including the Gates Cambridge Statement and Reference) and use Gates Cambridge standards to define those who should be invited to interview. Anyone who is selected for the interview will have passed an extremely competitive method and will demonstrate high-level proof of meeting all requirements.
All shortlisted applicants are interviewed to evaluate how they fulfill all the requirements of Gates Cambridge and are chosen after the interview. Further information can be found on the interview page.
How to apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship
You must make an application for admission and financing to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
Through the University’s Graduate Application Portal, applicants submit their application for admission and financing (Gates Cambridge and other financing).
To be assessed for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, you must finish the portion to apply for admission to a course and a college place and part of the financing portion of the Gates Cambridge.
Gates Cambridge Statement
In the application form you have to give Gates Cambridge Statement:
Please clarify why you are applying for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and how you satisfy the four primary requirements in no more than 3000 characters (about 500 words). Full information on how to apply, including selection process and guidelines on finishing this statement. can be accessed at www.gatescambridge.org/apply,
The statement will be used by the Gates Cambridge selection committees to make a distinction between applicants who have been ranked highly by departments on educational grounds. It enables selection committees to recognise those applicants who, in addition to being academically outstanding, have leadership ability and dedication to enhancing other’s life. This is the only part of the application form in which candidates are specifically asked about their match up with the Gates Cambridge program and you must use your background, accomplishments, experiences and future to demonstrate how you would suit the Gates Cambridge program well.
Research proposal (Ph.D. applicants only)
Gates Cambridge requires Ph.D. applicants to submit a research proposal as part of their application for funding. As a component of their application for admission, most Ph.D. candidates will upload a research proposal, but if this is not the situation, a research proposal is required to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. If you apply for a course other than a Ph.D., you do not have to submit a research proposal as part of your Gates Cambridge Scholarship material.
Gates Cambridge reference
Gates Cambridge candidates should submit a reference on their fit with the scholarship in addition to two academic references for admission. The Gates Cambridge Reference is used in the same manner as the Gates Cambridge Statement-to minimize a large number of well-qualified applicants to those who meet the Cambridge Gates criteria.
The application portal will also ask referees how they rate the scholarship applicant: exceptional, strong, not strong, weak. Up to 4,000 characters can be pasted/typed into the online reference or a separate letter uploaded.
Gates Cambridge considers candidates in two selection rounds each year:
Round 1: US citizens living in the USA only
Applicants in this round must apply by 9 October 2019 for entry in October 2020.
Round 2: All other eligible applicants (part of the Graduate Funding Competition)
Dependent on your course – either 3 December 2019 or 7 January 2020