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Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2017

Last date to apply

October 12, 2016 For US Citizens
December 7, 2016 For International Students

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About Gates Cambridge Scholarships

  • The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are considered as one of the most high-status international scholarships in the world.  
  • In the year 2000, Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was launched when Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated US$210m to the University of Cambridge. Till date, it 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.
  • 95 new Scholarships awarded each year: 40 in US round 55 in international round.
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.
  • While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue the full range of subjects available at the University.
  • The present Alumni are pursuing further study or employment across many sectors of society
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded in two rounds i.e. Round 1 and Round 2.
    • Round 1: US citizens normally resident in the USA
    • Round 2: Citizens of all countries other than the USA (except the United Kingdom) and US citizens normally resident outside the USA

Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2017 - Schedule


Stage Round 1 Round 2
Applications starts September 5, 2016 September 5, 2016 
Last date to apply October 12, 2016, December 7,2016 
Supporting documents to be submitted Within 7 Days of Application Submission  Within 7 Days of Application Submission
Reference is to be submitted  Within 7 Days of Application Submission Within 7 Days of Application Submission
Departmental Ranking October-November December-February2017
Shortlisting by Trust Mid December 2016 Early March 2017 
Interview invites sent to shortlisted candidates Late December 2016 Early March 2017
Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2017 Interviews January 27-28, 2017(USA) March 28-29, 2017 (Cambridge, UK)
Scholarship Starts Early February 2017 Late March 2017

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Gates Cambridge Scholarships Eligibility Criteria

Gender Any
Region All countries across the world except UK
Class/ Age Planning to pursue full time residential postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge
  • Nationality: People of all Nationalities except UK are eligible
  • Candidates applying to pursue any one of the three below mentioned residential courses at University of Cambridge
    • Ph.D (three year research-only degree)
    • M.Sc or M.Litt (two year research-only degree)
    • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
  • Current students at Cambridge if applying for a new postgraduate course are also eligible to apply.

Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

  • BA (undergraduate)
  • BA affiliated (a second BA)
  • MBBChir Clinical Studies
  • MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
  • Part-time degrees
  • Non-degree courses

Gates Cambridge Scholarships Reward

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

Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2017- Core components

  • University Composition Fee: Candidates have to pay the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate
  • Maintenance allowance: Maintenance allowance for a single student (£14,300 for 12 months at the 2016-17 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

Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2017- 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 Ph.D Scholars may be provided

Gates Cambridge Scholarships Application form and Process

Gates Cambridge runs two application rounds each year - you should ensure you apply by the relevant deadline. Applicants have to follow the link given below to apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2017.

  1. For US Citizens the last date to apply is October 12, 2016
  2. For International Students the last date to apply is December 7, 2016

Other details

  • Candidates can apply on a single form for admission to a course and a College and for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
  • It is not possible to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship without applying to the University of Cambridge
  • Candidates can 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.

Enclosures to be sent

  • Application Form
  • Academic transcripts
  • 2 academic references
  • 1 personal reference (for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship)
  • English language test scores
  • A research proposal,GRE/GMAT Scores etc.

Steps involved in the application process

  • Step 1: Registration
  • Step 2: Application Fee Payment of £50 which has to be done online

Guidelines for Submission

  • The online form must be submitted by the relevant closing date. 
  • After you have submitted your online application you will be given access to the online self-service account, via which you can submit the required supporting documentation.
  • These must be provided within 14 days of submitting your application, or your application will not be considered.
  • Applicants who are applying for the MBA and MFin Courses have to apply directly to the Judge business school using their online registration system.

Submission of Applications

The duly filled in Application form along with the above-mentioned enclosures have to be submitted at Graduate Admissions Office within the 7 days of the submission of the application form on or before due date.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships Selection Process

Gates Cambridge uses a three-stage selection process to ensure Scholars meet all of the mentioned criteria to the highest degree.

  • Stage 1: Departmental Thinking- As per the guidelines of the Trust, Academic departments of the Cambridge shortlists the most outstanding and eligible candidates on the basis of their academic performances. Shortlisted candidates are considered the most academically outstanding applicants of that year.
  • Stage 2: Shortlisting-Once applications are received, Gates Cambridge will ask academic departments in Cambridge to rank their very best candidates. A shortlisting committee then applies the four main criteria of the Scholarships to produce a final interview list.
  • Stage 3: Interview-We hold interviews in the USA in late January for Round 1 candidates and in Cambridge in late March for Round 2 candidates. If you are unable to attend in person we will interview you by Skype or phone. You will be told within a week of the interview whether you have been successful.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships Address

Gates Cambridge 
Ground Floor, The Warehouse, 
33 Bridge Street
Cambridge, CB2 1UW
United Kingdom

Gates Cambridge Scholarships Contact Details

Tel: + 44 1223 338467 
Fax: + 44 1223 577004

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