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The interview

If you are shortlisted for a Gates Cambridge interview you will have already gone through an incredibly competitive process.

You will be invited for a 20-minute interview and, depending on where you are, you can either attend in person or choose to be interviewed by Skype or by telephone.

There are four broadly subject-based interview panels:

  • Arts
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Each panel usually consists of a representative of the Trust, two academics and a former Gates Cambridge scholar. Each interview has four main sections:

1. Welcome and introduction

  • The Chair will introduce the panel, set out the format of the interview, and provide any other essential information to allow for a productive session.

2. Gates Cambridge

  • What you know about the Gates Cambridge Scholarships
  • Your motivation for applying
  • Why you think you could be a Gates Cambridge Scholar
  • Your thoughts on the opportunities and responsibilities that a prestigious, full-cost scholarship at one of the world's leading universities brings

3. Academic and career plans

  • Your academic work to date - can you convincingly communicate your passion for, and the importance of, your chosen subject?
  • Your proposed degree at Cambridge - why you want to do it and why you believe Cambridge is the right place for you to study.
  • Your career plans - can you convincingly link your application for both a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and your proposed course at Cambridge to your future career plans?
  • You may also be asked probing intellectual or ethical questions, to which there are no 'right' answers.

4. Final thoughts and any questions you might have.

  • A chance to add anything further you would like the interview panel to consider, and to ask any questions you may have.

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