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 program at Cambridge for which they are applying
Level/Field of Study: Masters and Ph.D.
Host Country: The scholarship is To be taken at Cambridge University UK.
Eligible Countries: The Bill and Melinda gates scholarship 2019 is open to international masters and Ph.D. students who want to study in the UK.
Who can Apply?: To be eligible to apply, you must satisfy the below conditions; you must be
- 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.
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.
Application deadlines: 1st round – 9 October 2019, 2nd round will close on 7th January 2020.