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Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Campus deadline: No campus deadline or mandatory campus review. 

National deadline: TBD - mid-October 2017

Campus Representative: Paul Fogleman (pfoglema@indiana.edu); 812-855-3948

The information below was selected from the Gates Cambridge website. See their site for more information inclduing scholar and alumni profiles, application instructions and news. 

About

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. The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Students who want to attend Cambridge University should also consider the Marshall Scholarship and the Churchill Scholarship. 

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

Ideal Candidate

There is no one template for a Gates Cambridge Scholar: each Scholar is different and brings something unique to the programme. But The Trust is looking for four key criteria.

A good fit with Cambridge

You should be able to persuade the Trust that your qualifications and aspirations accord with what Cambridge has to offer in its postgraduate programme. It is important that you can make a convincing argument for doing a particular postgraduate degree at Cambridge.

It is therefore important that you fully research your proposed degree using the Graduate Studies Prospectus and the website of the department to which you are applying.

Academic excellence

Gates Cambridge Scholars are expected to be academically outstanding with the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge. At the start of the application process, potential Scholars are ranked by the department they are applying to. Only the most outstanding candidates are considered further.

Leadership potential

Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear ability to lead. Evidence of leadership can be expressed in a multitude of ways but the capacity of Gates Cambridge Scholars to 'take others with them' is central to the success of the programme.

A commitment to improving the lives of others

A defining characteristic of the Gates Cambridge Scholarships is the commitment of our Scholars to working for the greater good. Although broadly interpreted, this concept is nonetheless fundamental and sets this programme apart from others of its kind.

Instructions for applying 

The application requires an application form, academic transcripts, 2 academic references and 1 personal reference. See Gates Cambridge website 'How to Apply' for detailed instructions.

Preliminary Application for Post-Graduate Study in the United Kingdom or Ireland

Students, especially Juniors, who are interested in pursuing post-graduate study in the United Kingdom or Ireland (for any award(s)) are encouraged to complete the preliminary application. By completing the preliminary application you will become familiar with the scholarships and start preparing your statements. The preliminary application does not require you to get letters of recommendation or complete an application form. After turning in the preliminary application, students will meet with Paul Fogleman to determine next steps.

Preliminary Application Requirements:

  1. Juniors must have a minimum 3.65 cumulative GPA at the time of the preliminary application with the expectation of raising the GPA to a minimum of 3.7 by the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Sophomores and freshmen must have a minimum of a 3.5 (either cumulative or in your major) at the time of this year’s preliminary application.
  2. Prepare essays in response to the four prompts listed below. The essays may be brief or extensive. Length will depend on individual circumstances and applicants do not need to have fully developed plans at this stage. Submit essays via email in a Word document to Paul Fogleman (pfoglema@indiana.edu):
    • Prepare a statement of professional aspirations: Indicate in which discipline(s)/field(s) you are considering making your career, including specific positions/roles you aspire to. Specify how your academic program and graduate educational plans will assist you in achieving your goals.

    • Describe one specific example of your leadership experience. Include details on your role with the activity and the impact of your involvement.

    • Describe the study program(s) in the UK or Ireland of interest to you. You can include specific faculty or researchers with whom you would like to work. Also explain why you have chosen the particular institution(s).

    • Describe previous or current experience in research, artistic pursuits or other activities related to your professional goals. Include the length and duration of your work and the organizations and departments involved.