Majority of applicants will apply in this round, which is aligned with the University’s postgraduate funding competition. There are two application deadlines and these are based on the course which you are applying.
|| Thursday 15 September 2022
||Dependent on your course – either 1 December 2022 or 5 January 2023 (see Course Directory)
||December – February
|All applicants notified of application outcome
||by Friday 3 March 2022
|Review and selection by panels
||72 hours after offer
How to Apply for Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2022-2023
Follow the steps below to submit your scholarship application.
Step 1: Combined application form
Applicants are to submit their applications for admission and funding (Gates Cambridge and other funding) through the University’s Graduate Application Portal.
In order to be considered for a Cambridge Scholarship you must complete the admission application section to a course and a College place and the Gates Cambridge part of the funding section. Gates Cambridge will review the admission and funding applications and and applicant’s reached out to.
Step 2: Admission Section
In this section you are making an application to a specific graduate course and a College place. You will provide all of the regular details about yourself such as your academic background, suitability and plan for the proposed course.
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Step 3: Funding Section
Here, an applicant can apply for a range of funding offered by the University and associated bodies, including the Gates Cambridge Scholarships, which has it’s own sub-section. When applying for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will be asked to provide a written statement explaining “why you are applying for the Scholarship and how you meet the four main criteria.”
Full details on how to apply, including selection criteria and guidance on completing this statement, can be found at: www.gatescambridge.org
Step 4: Research proposal (PhD applicants only)
PhD applicants only are required by the Gates Cambridge to submit a research proposal as part of their application for funding. Most PhD applicants will upload a research proposal as part of their application for admission, but where this is not applicable a research proposal is required to apply for Gates Cambridge Scholarships. If you are submitting an application for a degree other than the PhD you do not have to submit a research proposal as part of your materials of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program.
Step 5: Gates Cambridge Reference
In addition to other academic references for admission, applicants will submit a reference about their fit with the scholarship.
Gates Cambridge will also ask:
Please give your assessment of the applicant’s suitability for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. These are awarded on the following criteria: intellectual ability, justification for the choice of course, a commitment to improving the lives of others and leadership capacity.
They also ask:
- How highly would you rank the applicant for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship?
- On what overall group are you basing this ranking?
- What is the size of this group?
What is the Gates Cambridge Reference used for? The Gates Cambridge Reference is used in the same way as the Gates Cambridge Statement, to help reduce the large number of well-qualified applicants to those who match the Gates Cambridge criteria.
Referees are asked how they rate the applicants for the scholarship: exceptional, strong, not strong, weak. They may paste/type up to 4,000 (four thousand) characters into the on-line reference or upload a separate letter.
Who should write my Gates Cambridge Reference letter
A lot of people ask this. You should never ask friends, family, or anyone else who can’t tell you if you’re qualified for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship what they think about you.
You should ask someone with a good reputation who can answer your question with authority and who knows about the Gates Cambridge program’s requirements and how competitive it is.
Many applicants ask a current or former academic advisor who knows them well, while others ask a current or former employer or senior staff at an organization where they may have volunteered.
All of these are good choices, but this is by no means a complete list. Some applicants ask one of their two academic referees to write the Gates Cambridge reference.
This is fine as long as that person knows a lot about your personal qualities and doesn’t give a third academic reference.
The most important thing to remember is that the Gates Cambridge Referee must know what the Scholarship is about and be able to write with authority about how you meet the criteria.
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Click on the link below to begin your application.