Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme 2016 for Study in the United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 2 December 2015

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Scholarships are available to citizens of all countries outside the UK for a postgraduate degree in any subject at Cambridge

You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:

– PhD (three year research-only degree)

– MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)

– One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

Ideal Candidates:

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

Scholarship Worth:

A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is one of the most generous international scholarships available. It covers the following costs:

Core components

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*
  • a maintenance allowance for a single student (£14,300 for 12 months at the 2015-16 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)
  • one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
  • inbound visa costs & associated NHS surcharge costs

Discretionary components

The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:

  • Academic development funding – from £500 to £1,500, dependent on the length of your course, to attend conferences and courses.
  • Family allowance – up to £9,630 for a first child and up to £4,110 for a second child. No funding is provided for a partner.
  • Fieldwork – you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your PhD.
  • Hardship funding – for unforeseen difficulties
  • Maternity/Paternity funding – should you require it, you may apply to intermit your studies for up to 6 months and continue to receive your maintenance allowance during this time
  • Some fourth year funding for PhD Scholars may be provided

How to Apply:

Standard applications (via the Graduate Admissions Office)

Applicants apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and admission to their chosen postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge and a Cambridge College via the Graduate Admissions Office, using the GRADSAF form and supporting documents.

To be considered for postgraduate admission and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship all applicants must submit the following documents to the Graduate Admissions Office by the relevant deadline:-

  • GRADSAF application form (which includes a Gates Cambridge section)
  • Academic transcripts
  • 2 academic references
  • 1 personal reference (for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship)

Timeline:

Applications Open: 1 September 2015
Application Deadline: 2 December 2015
Supporting documents Deadline: 14 days after submitting application
References Deadline: 14 days after submitting application
Departmental ranking: February
Trust shortlisting: Early March
Shortlisted candidates invited to interview: Early March
Interviews: 22 & 23 March 2016 (Cambridge, UK)
Scholarships offered: Late March

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme 2016

9 COMMENTS

  1. I would be more than glad if i can be considered to study a PhD in your institution. kindly if can have information on how to apply, i would be glad. Thanks.

  2. I think you are to go to the university’s website, download the form fill and submit their office (Graduate admissions’s office) through courier service.

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