Internal deadline: 25 September, 2015 (for U.S. applicants); November 13, 2015 (for international students)

National deadlines:
October 14, 2015 - deadline for all new U.S. applicants to apply to Board of Graduate Studies for admission and a Gates scholarship (strict deadline).

December 2, 2015 - deadline for all other new applicants, and U.S. students currently studying at Cambridge and wishing to continue (strict deadline).

 Eligibility requirements: Candidates for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship:

  • Citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • Pursuing 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.)
  • Admitted to Cambridge through the University's normal academic procedures. The Trust cannot admit students
  • Prepared for the rigorous Cambridge course selected and must meet all of the conditions for admission specified by the University (e.g. academic, English language proficiency, if required, and any other conditions set)
  • High academic achievement, leadership potential, social commitment and a good fit with Cambridge

Award summary and conditions:  This benefaction creates in perpetuity an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. The Trustees are required to award scholarships on the basis of a person's intellectual ability, leadership capacity and 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.  Applicants intending to pursue a course of graduate study or research at the University of Cambridge must complete and submit the 'GRADSAF' application form to the Board of Graduate Studies by the relevant deadline. By submitting one GRADSAF form per course applied for, candidates will, where eligible, be considered for:  admission to a course of graduate study or research by the Board of Graduate Studies, admission to a College by one or more of the Cambridge Colleges funding offered by the Cambridge Trusts (including Gates Cambridge Scholarships) and other awards, where eligible, offered by the University of Cambridge (Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards and Domestic Research Studentships).

A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge, namely: 

  • 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 2013-14 rate; pro rata for courses shorter then 12 months)
  • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course

Application requirements: 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. The Trust does not admit or place scholars. Applicants may submit by hard copy or online.   

To be considered for graduate admission and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship most applicants will need to submit all of the following documents to the Board of Graduate Studies by the relevant deadline:

  • GRADSAF application form
  • Transcripts
  • References, academic (2) 
  • Reference, personal (1)  (Your personal reference should be someone who knows you personally and who can assess your personal achievements and capacities, as well as your academic qualities. This person must not be a family member or friend)
  • English language test scores if your first language is not English
  • Supplemental documents as required for admission to the course - e.g. research proposal, example of written work etc. (see the individual department/course website for details)

Note: Your reference letters are due 14 days after an application submission, as the email notification will only go out to the referee once the candidate has submitted their application. It is wise to contact a referee ahead of the process so they will be able to work within the two-week time frame.

Whitman internal application process: A complete application will be required at the internal deadline.

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Announcement date: All candidates are informed of the results of their interview within a week of the interview.

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