Gates Cambridge Scholarship for Postgraduate International Students in UK, 2014-2015

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Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationEligibility:-a 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); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
-OR already a student at Cambridge and want to apply for a new postgraduate course. For example, if you are studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to do a PhD. However, if you have already started a course, you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the rest of it.
-OR already a Gates Cambridge Scholar and want to apply for a second Scholarship. You must apply by the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates.

Description: The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world. The programme was established in 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They 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.

Subject: Various Courses

Level: Scholarships are available to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is electronically or by post.

Provider: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

For Which Country: UK

For Whom: Citizens of any Country outside the United Kingdom

Number of award (s): 90 Scholarships each year are offered.

Duration of award (s): Scholarships award amounts depending on the length of the chosen degree course or Study project, 12 to 24 months. Initially, scholarships are for a given academic year and have performed well according to the duration of the study program extended on request.

What does it cover? A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge.
-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 2012-13 rates; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)
-one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course
The Trust also considers applications for several types of additional funding on a discretionary basis:
-Family allowance – up to £7,775 for a first child and up to £1,200 for a second child. No funding is provided for a partner.
Conference attendance: up to £500 a year if you are presenting.
-Fieldwork – you may apply to keep up to your normal maintenance allowance while on fieldwork as part of your PhD.
-Some fourth year funding for PhD Scholars may be provided – but the termly maintenance allowance reduces per term for up to a year
-Hardship funding – if there are unforeseen difficulties.

Selection Criteria:
-outstanding intellectual ability
-leadership potential
-a commitment to improving the lives of others
-a good fit between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying.

Notification: Not Known

Deadline: Applications for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for October 2014 entry will open on 1 September 2013. The deadlines are as follows: Round 1 (US citizens based in the USA) – 15 October 2013 and Round 2 (all other eligible candidates) – 3 December 2013.