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Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program 2023-2024

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  • DEADLINE: 01 December 2022 or 05 January 2023 (dependent on the course).
  • LEVEL: Master and PhD.

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Applications for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program are now open for the academic year 2023-2024.

The Gates Cambridge mission is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. It aims to achieve this mission by selecting outstanding scholars, providing them with financial and non-financial support at one of the world’s leading universities, and facilitating community building at and beyond Cambridge.

Each year, the Gates Cambridge program offers 80 fully funded scholarships to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree (Master or PhD) in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.

There is currently a community of more than 1,700 Gates Cambridge Alumni spread across the world.

About the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

LEVEL: Master and PhD.
DEADLINE: 01 December 2022 or 05 January 2023 (dependent on the course).
NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS: 80 scholarships (55 to internationals, 25 to US citizens and residents).
FINANCING: Fully funded.
OPEN TO: All countries except UK.
HOSTING UNIVERSITY: Cambridge University (ranked # 2 in the QS World University Rankings).

Eligibility criteria

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

  1. A citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom.
  2. And applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses at the University of Cambridge: PhD, M.Sc., MLitt or one year postgraduate course.

Besides these aforementioned criteria, you must prove :

  • An academic excellence.
  • An outstanding intellectual ability.
  • Reasons for choice of the course.
  • A commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • And leadership potential.
If you are currently studying at Cambridge and wish to apply for a new postgraduate course, you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

The Gates Cambridge Program does NOT consider funding : Any Undergraduate degree, Business Doctorate (BusD), Master of Business (MBA), Master of Finance (MFin), MASt courses, PGCE, MBBChir Clinical Studies, MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time, Home students only), Graduate Course in Medicine (A101), Part-time degrees other than the PhD, Non-degree courses.

What’s offered?

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

Core components:

  • The University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate.
  • A maintenance allowance for a single student (£18,744 for 12 months at the 2022-23 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months) – for PhD scholars the award is for up to 4 years.
  • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course.
  • Inbound Visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Discretionary components:

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

  • Academic development funding : from up to £500 to up to £2,000, to attend conferences and courses.
  • Family allowance : up to £10,944 for one child and up to £15,612 for two or more children. No funding for a partner.
  • Fieldwork : you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your PhD.
  • Maternity/Paternity funding : you may apply to interrupt your studies for up to 6 months and continue to receive your maintenance allowance during this time
  • Hardship funding : for unforeseen difficulties facing the scholar.

Deadlines for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

All applicants except US citizens and residents:

  • Applications open: 15 September 2022.
  • Application deadline: Dependent on your course, either 01 December 2022 or 05 January 2023.
  • Application outcome: by Friday 3 March 2023.
  • Scholarships offered: Late March.
  • Scholarships acceptance: 72 hours after offer.

US citizens and resident in the USA :

  • Applications open: 15 September 2022.
  • Application deadline:  12 October 2022.
  • Application outcome: by Friday 9 December 2022.
  • Scholarships offered: Late January 2023.
  • Scholarships acceptance: 72 hours after offer.

How to apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship?

Before applying, you should thoroughly research your prospective course, including its requirements, deadlines, and supporting documents. Information on all courses available to study at the University of Cambridge are in the Course Directory.

You should submit your application through the Applicant Portal. Once you have selected your course in the Course Directory, click the Apply Online button to be directed to the Applicant Portal.

Applying to the Gates Cambridge Scholarship is free, however, applying to a course in Cambridge university isn’t. You’ll have to pay an application fee of £75.
Currently, the Cambridge University application portal is temporarily closed. This is due to “technical issues with payment service providers preventing payment of the application fee”. If you have started an application, this will not be affected, you will be able to continue once the system opens again.

If you are interested in a PhD program, you’ll have to discuss your research project with a potential supervisor. To find and contact a potential supervisor, follow the steps below:

  1. Using the Course Directory, choose a program.
  2. On the program’s webpage, scroll down your screen to the “Key Information” section, and click on “Course on Department Website”.
  3. Now, on the menu, look for a link named “CDT board”, or “Contact”, or “Academic Team” (it differs between programs). You’ll find there an email address of a supervisor that you can contact.

If you are shortlisted for an interview, you should know that you have “survived” an extremely competitive process. You will be invited for a 20-25 minute interview and, depending on where you are, you can interview either in person or by Microsoft Skype.

If you have any inquiries about this program, you can contact the Gate Cambridge board on: [email protected].

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