Cambridge Scholarship

[Source: The Gates Scholar]

This benefaction creates in perpetuity an international scholarship programme to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. The Trustees are required to award scholarships on the basis of a person's intellectual ability, leadership capacity and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others.

Deadline: If no closing date is shown, the deadline for applications is two months before the start of the first term of the course (31 July, 31 October and 31 January for starts in October, January and April respectively). We may not be able to process your application as soon as it arrives due to the volume of applications we receive; but the date will be recorded for deadline purposes.

Academic requirements

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to be about to achieve:

* at least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university
* a fluent command of the English Language
* completion of any current training or education course
* where relevant, release from your current institution for the duration of your study.

Value of the scholarship

A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge, namely:

* the University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate1
* a maintenance allowance for a single student (£12, 250 for 12 months at the current 2008-09 rate; pro rata for courses shorter then 12 months)
* the cost of the most economical airfare from the scholar's normal country of residence to the UK at the beginning of their course and the cost of the most economical airfare from the UK to the scholar's normal country of residence at the end of the course
* A discretionary contribution towards the costs of supporting dependants at Cambridge (upon application)

Once in residence, Gates Scholars may apply for financial help with the costs of attending conferences, undertaking fieldwork and other activities.



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