The University of Cambridge invites international students to apply for the 2014-2015 prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships for postgraduate study at the University. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are fully-funded prestigious international scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the UK to pursue a full-time graduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.
Selection Criteria

  • intellectual ability
  • leadership capacity
  • a person’s desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others
  • a good fit between the abilities and aspirations of the applicant and what the University of Cambridge can offer in its graduate programme

Candidates for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship:

  • may be citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • may apply to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study:
  • PhD (three year research-only degree)
  • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
  • MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
  • may apply to study any subject available at the University of Cambridge
  • must be admitted to one of the degrees above at Cambridge through the University’s normal admission procedures
  • must be applying for a new course of study or research if they are already a student at Cambridge – e.g. those who have already started their PhD are not eligible to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • who are – or have been – in receipt of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship may apply for a second scholarship; such candidates must apply by the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates

Worth of Awards
A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge.

  • Core components
  • the University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate
  • a maintenance allowance for a single student (£13, 300 for 12 months at the 2012-13 rate; pro rata for courses shorter then 12 months)
  • one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course

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

  • Family allowance – up to £7,775 for first child and up to £1,200 for second child; no funding for partner
  • Conference attendance – up to £500 p.a (must be presenting)
  • Fieldwork – Scholars may apply to keep up to their normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of their PhD
  • Some fourth year funding for PhD Scholars – termly maintenance allowance reduces per term for up to a year
  • Hardship funding – where there are unforeseen difficulties

How to Apply
All applicants apply simultaneously for admission as a graduate student to the University of Cambridge and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship using the one application pack.
To be considered for graduate admission and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship most applicants will need to submit all of the following documents online to the Board of Graduate Studies by the relevant deadline:

  • GRADSAF application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • 2 academic references
  • 1 personal reference
  • English language test scores if your first language is not English
  • Any other documents required for admission to the course – e.g. research proposal, example of written work etc. (see the individual department/course website for details)

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013 for US citizens living in the US; December 3, 2013 for citizens of all countries (including African countries) and US citizens living out the US. All references must be submitted 14 days after the submission of an application.
For more information about the scholarship, visit their website by clicking here.
To read the University prospectus, and apply for admission and scholarship, click here.