Can I apply for Gates Cambridge scholarship program? For those Pakistani students who want to pursue Masters in England on a scholarship base, have you ever heard of Gates Cambridge before if you want to go UK? Gates Cambridge is a special scholarship program which was first held in the month of October 2000 through big donations.
Can I apply for Gates Cambridge scholarship program?
These donations are granted by Bill and Melinda Gates for the University of Cambridge. The initial donation was almost 210 million USD as we see in the financial news and it is the biggest donation because no one gave so big amount of scholarships to any university which is providing education to UK students.
This scholarship is given to postgraduate students (levels after S1) who show high intellectual standards, have a leadership spirit, and are committed to making a better life for many people.
Scholarships for 2020-2021
For the 2020/202021-2022 academic year, Gates Cambridge provides 80 full scholarships for students from all over the world (except Britain) to continue their education at Cambridge University. About two-thirds of these scholarships are dedicated to PhD or PhD students. The remaining 25 are intended for US citizens and 55 are available for all other citizens.
Why should you try for Gates Cambridge scholarship program?
What distinguishes the Gates Cambridge scholarship program from other scholarship programs is the emphasis on social leadership and the absence of an age limit to register. Therefore, it is desirable for students who get this scholarship to dedicate their lives to building a dynamic humanitarian network with fellow awardees at the Gates Cambridge Scholars Council.
Selection of courses for Gates Scholarships:
To get the Gates scholarship, you can choose all courses available at Cambridge University, except:
- Study programs at undergraduate level such as the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Arts (second BA) affiliation
- Master of Business (MBA)
- Master of Finance (MFin)
- MBBChir Clinical Studies
- MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)
- Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
- Part-time degrees
- Non-degree courses
If you succeed in getting a Gates Cambridge scholarship, here are the things that are funded by the scholarship:
Tuition fee facility
Cost of living while studying in Cambridge (14,900 Pounds Sterling per year in 2017-2018) and you know its not a small amount if you calculate that in Pakistani Rupees.
The cost of an economy plane ticket to and from the UK when you start and end your studies at Cambridge
Visa and IHS (Immigration Health Surcharge) fee benefits
Surely you want to know the process of selecting students who deserve Gates Cambridge scholarships. The process of selecting awardees consists of three stages:
- The assessment board
The assessment board gets a score and nominations that meet the requirements of each faculty. For those who get nominations (usually only a small portion of the number of registrants) will be further considered through the academic achievements of all registrants in that year and also proven to meet the desired character standards set by Gates Cambridge.
- The assessment board
The assessment board will make a short list of the previous list of scholarship nominations and group them according to their field of study. This list is then sent to the Shortlisting Committees to analyze the results of the written motivation letter to the letter of recommendation included when registering. Using Gates Cambridge’s standard criteria guidelines, they will identify who is fit to enter the next stage, namely interviews.
- Final interview
The third and final stage is the interview. The interview stage is probably the most competitive stage because the people entering this stage have already gone through the preliminary stages.
All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and judged in terms of the ideal criteria set by Gates Cambridge.
- Gates Cambridge scholarship program
If you plan to enroll in the Gates Cambridge scholarship program, there are a number of things that you must prepare such as a written statement of a maximum of 500 words about the reason why you are the person who deserves the Gates Cambridge scholarship.
Written statement by Gates Cambridge
Through this written statement, you as a candidate can show your capacity to lead and commit to improve the lives of many people. Part of this registration is where the assessment board will look at the candidate’s background, achievements, experience, and future plans if they fit into the Gates Cambridge scholarship program.
In addition to the written statement, you must also choose a non-academic reference to support your statement. You can choose your colleagues or superiors at work who can give a statement why you deserve a Gates Cambridge scholarship.
Gates Cambridge criteria
Applicants are also advised not to choose family, friends or other people who lack the qualifications to be their reference because they are afraid of not being able to provide statements that fit Gates Cambridge criteria.