Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Information Session: NISO Week 9/17-9/21

Campus Deadlines: September 9, 2018 (U.S. applicants); October 13, 2018 (International applicants)

Fields of Study: Open

Funding for: 1-4 years of graduate study at the University of Cambridge

Begin Application: Junior year (Seniors and recent graduates with very strong academic records in eligible fields are also invited to apply.)

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Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants outside the U.K. who wish to pursue a full-time graduate degree in any program of study offered at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD (three-year research-only degree)
    • MSc or MLitt (two-year research-only degree)
    • A one-year postgraduate course (e.g., MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA, etc.)

Candidate Profile

  • Outstanding intellectual ability and "intellectual hunger"
  • Record of leadership, as demonstrated by the ability to form a vision, make it a reality, and inpire people to join you to create change
  • Commitment to improving the lives of others by applying research/study to solving real-world problems
  • Good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and his or her chosen graduate program at Cambridge

Application Components

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • 500 word Personal Statement
  • Certified transcript (or transcripts)
  • Cambridge admission application - GRADSAF

The Graduate Admissions Office or academic department to which you are applying may also require the following materials:

  • English language test scores (if English is not the student’s first language)
  • Research proposal or example of your written work
  • GRE/GMAT scores

Application Procedure

While one can apply directly to the Gates Foundation, it is in the best interest of applicants to work through Purdue's review process. This involves support thoughout preparation of the application materials and a final review by a faculty committee who will provide additional support and feedback to help the student craft the strongest application possible.

Detailed campus application information is provided directly to applicants once they declare their intention to apply.

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