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The Gates Scholarship is to CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY and the most purely academic of all the fellowships. Brilliance and/or scholarly devotion to a field is sought. Rugged intellectual individuality a plus. Up to 80 Americans elected each year. All costs covered. Deadline end-October. Other nationals can also apply and Smith will support your applications (see International Students). Begin application in SPRING JUNIOR YEAR.
In October 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle, Washington, donated $210 million to the University of Cambridge for establishing the Gates Cambridge Trust, administrators of the Gates Cambridge Scholarships.
Up to four years study &/or research at Cambridge University in England.
BEGIN APPLICATION AS EARLY SPRING JUNIOR.
The most advantageous time to register for a fellowship is in the spring, starting mid February. Statistics show that those who register earlier fare far better. The deadline to register for the Gates Cambridge is the end of August. Petitions to register later may be considered from students who show exceptional promise to be successful in fellowships competitions
Graduating seniors. On track to gain a first-class or high second-class with honours Bachelor degree. Relatively high level of specialized knowledge for Masters or Doctorate, or Second Bachelors, that ties specifically to what Cambridge colleges have to offer and to what the student will bring to Cambridge especially in terms of substantiated intellectual rigor and enthusiasm. In the UK students don't normally go straight into a PhD, but instead complete a Masters first which then counts towards the PhD.
Academic excellence. Scholarly promise. Potential for leadership in advancing the greater good. Commitment to contribute to her discipline or use it creatively for humankind. Bright, talented, lively minds. Minimum 3.7 GPA.
Covers full cost of studying or conducting research while living in Cambridge. Up to about 80 new scholars from American colleges elected each year. Gates Cambridge Trust will support up to 100 American scholars in Cambridge at only one time out of up to 300 international Gates scholars in all. In 2002, there were 89 American Gates scholars at Cambridge of which 55 were selected in 2001 from 110 interviewed from about 500 applications = 11% chance or 1 in 9 odds. In 2002, from a field of 500 applicants, 130 students were short-listed for interview in 2003 and 42 scholarships were offered = 8.4% chance or 1 in 12.
To be eligible for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, you must be accepted by Cambridge University for graduate study. Your application for a Gates Scholarship is submitted together with your Cambridge University admission application. You can also apply for other funds in addition to or instead of the Gates Scholarship.
Admission applications for a Second Bachelors are not directed to the University itself but to one or more of the 31 largely autonomous Colleges that make up the University, which finds a College only for students accepted for a Masters or Doctorate. Once accepted by a College, the Second Bachelors student then applies to the University for a Gates Scholarship. Obviously, therefore, it is essential to begin this process many months in advance. More info below. To be eligible for a Gates Cambridge Affiliate (undergraduate) Scholarship, you must be accepted by a Cambridge University college by applying directly to any number of colleges separately.
Check www.gatesscholar.org for variations in Gates eligibility criteria and application procedure. To find a College (for Second Bachelors) and ascertain a suitable match with the University, explore www.cam.ac.uk. Email addresses of professors to contact are available.
PROFILES OF SCHOLARS Click on Latest News, followed by The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Year Book 2003.
Further information about other funding from the Cambridge:
International Students must complete a Preliminary Application before August.
For Gates Cambridge application strategies from past winners, look at the Live to Learn Fellowships Resource link here.
3. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COURSES
The University of Cambridge has an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching (both at the undergraduate and graduate level) and research. Almost 6,000 students pursue graduate studies, of whom about 1,500 are from overseas.
Graduate students can either pursue courses of research leading to the degree of PhD, on a wide variety of topics where Cambridge has particular strengths (the normal length of doctoral research is three years), or one-year postgraduate courses of study for the MPhil in:
Advanced Chemical Engineering Practice
Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
Architecture & the Moving Image
Biological Anthropological Science
Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology
Conservation of Natural Science Materials
Contemporary European Studies
Design, Manufacture & Management
Early Modern History
Economics with Development
Economics with Econometrics
Economics with Finance
Economic and Social History
Engineering for Sustainable Development
English and Applied Linguistics
English Studies 1700-1830
Environment and Development
Environmental Design in Architecture
Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing
History and Philosophy of Architecture
History and Philosophy of Science & Medicine
Latin American Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Microelectronic Engineering & Semiconductor Physics
Modern European History
Modern Society and Global Transformation
Planning, Growth and Regeneration
Political Thought and Intellectual History
Quantative Modelling of Industrial Processes in the Natural Resource Sector (Fluid Flow)
Real Estate Finance
Social and Developmental Psychology
Social Anthropological Analysis
Social Anthropological Research
There is also a one-year taught postgraduate course for the Master of Law (LLM) degree; and Diploma courses (usually of one year's duration) in:
Architecture (2 years)
Graduates may apply to read for Part III of the Mathematical Tripos which is a one-year course leading to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics.
The University does not provide courses in such subjects as:
English as a Foreign Language
Vocational training in technical subjects
Details about the University's graduate courses and current (May 2003) details of awards offered by the Trusts for overseas students may be found in the Graduate Studies Prospectus which is available at local universities or offices of the British Council or on the Web: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/gsprospectus/funding/
4. OTHER DESCRIPTION
In establishing the Gates Cambridge Scholars program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. Over time, it is anticipated that Gates Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology, and learning - all areas that the Foundation is deeply engaged in.
The program will offer a substantial number of scholarships for study as an affiliated student or to pursue taught or research courses of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge.
Also see: http://www.smith.edu/fellowships/eligibility.php for further information about eligibility.
WHEN TO BEGIN WHICH BY SCHOOL YEAR
- Juniors Start Application after Spring Break
- See tips on writing an effective resume
- ADD expanded section listing every “public” service, community involvement of any and all kinds.
DOMESTIC & FOREIGN, OR FELLOWSHIPS ABROAD
WHERE IN THE WORLD TO USE
British Fellowship (Cambridge University only)
GPA AND RELATED MINIMUMS
"On track to gain a first-class or high second-class with honours bachelors degree. A high-enough GPA to gain admission to a top graduate school in the United States." = 3.8 minimum.
(Community involvement, contribution to society, leadership or initiative, all count as much as grade level. Fellowships = character, not intellectualism alone.)
U.S. Citizens & Citizens of All Other Countries
AGE, SCHOOL-YEAR, OTHER RESTRICTIONS
Only graduating seniors in application year, or graduates starting new degree, any age
DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP, AMOUNT OF AWARD
$84,000 three-year estimate covers full cost of studying or conducting research while living in Cambridge for up to four years of study and/or research.
CHANCE OF AWARD: ODDS FOR EACH COMPETITION
- Gates 8.4% chance in 2002 or 1 in 12. About 500 applicants, 130 interviews and 42 awards in 2002–2003
- It is prudent for seniors applying for high-odds fellowships (Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mellon, Mitchell, Rhodes) seriously to consider also applying for the Fulbright which, even though easier to win, carries immense prestige through its high name recognition.
- The Fulbright is an ideal gap year for those planning to go on to graduate school.
- Much material prepared for one fellowship application can be modified to fit another.
- It is recommended that graduating applicants work also with the Career Development Office so that fellowship applications form part of an overall postgraduate planning strategy. Contact them at x2570 or x2582.
How Smith Students Have Fared in the National Competitions 0 fellows out of 5 applicants in the 2 years 2002-2003 = 0% 3 students accepted by Cambridge (+ 1 finalist) out of 4 applicants in 2003 = 75%
COMPETITION CRITERIA IN JUDGING CANDIDATES
How the Foundations Evaluate and Rate Candidates, What They Seek in Candidates & How You are Judged, Plus Other Vital Criteria Considered by the Foundations (PLEASE ALSO CONSULT THE NOTES IN THIS CATEGORY SECTION):
The Gates Cambridge Trust seeks to identify men and women of proven academic ability and of considerable potential for further development, who would benefit from AND contribute to advanced work in Cambridge.
In addition, the Trust is looking for those who will use the benefits of higher education to make a real difference in whatever career they take up. In this respect, the Trust is aligned with the wider purposes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which is committed to effecting change to deal with rank inequalities in society at large - especially deploying new knowledge to tackle long-standing problems, and to work to improve access to knowledge, technology and social welfare.
Gates Scholars have to be excellent students academically, well-qualified to take up a course in Cambridge and capable of making a serious contribution to knowledge and the uses to which that knowledge is put. The Scholars will be leaders in a huge range of professions and callings. They will remain linked with each other, and with the University of Cambridge and its Colleges, throughout their lives, thus forming an international network of influence and understanding.
FORMAL APPLICATION YEAR & TIME OF YEAR
Formal Application Year: (Fall Term) Seniors
Early Fall Fellowship: Postgrad (masters, doctorate) due late October
J-TERM GRADUATE ELIGIBILITY
Applications are open to seniors graduating the January following the October or November that applications are finally due. Winners are announced the following May to August. First use of fellowship will be at the beginning of the following Cambridge fall term in the same calendar year as the announcement. Check website &/or email foundation for rule variations and changes before ruling yourself in or out.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS APPLYING FOR GATES, RHODES
How Eligible International Students Apply for the Gates and/or Rhodes:
Gates applications are organized by program and global region:
- Applicants who have already studied, or are currently studying in Cambridge
- Applicants for Affiliated Study* from every country of the world
- Applicants for postgraduate** study from the USA
- Applicants for postgraduate** study from countries of the European Union, excluding the U.K.
- Applicants for postgraduate** study from Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
- Applicants for postgraduate** study from India
- Applicants for postgraduate** study from the rest of the world * i.e. a second undergraduate degree
** i.e. one-year postgraduate courses or research leading to the degree of PhD
REAPPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIPS
Can win only once. Can apply again only after not winning.
Confirm your specific situation directly with sponsoring foundation or fellowship administrators. Gates Possible in exceptional circumstances. Student contacts Trust directly.
To be eligible for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, you must be accepted by Cambridge University for graduate study. Both applications are submitted in the same package to Cambridge University.
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The Gates Cambridge Scholarship:
PROFILES OF SCHOLARS Click on Latest News, followed by The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Year Book 2003.
Further information about other awards offered by the Cambridge Trusts is available at: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/gsprospectus/funding/.
To be eligible for a Gates Cambridge Affiliate (undergraduate) Scholarship, you must be accepted by a Cambridge University college by applying directly to any number of colleges separately.
To find a College (for Second Bachelors) and ascertain a suitable match with the University, explore www.cam.ac.uk.