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  1. Ah right, sorry I didn’t go back and check, I just assumed they were right when they said internationals had heard back in late Jan. Either way, my point is that the rejections sent in late Jan weren’t for international applicants, they were for US finalists. Internationals have been notified if they are finalists but rejections for non-finalists haven’t gone out yet and unsuccessful finalists won’t hear until very late March or early April. I know for certain that no rejection emails have gone out for internationals yet.
  2. Are you talking about this forum, or are they people you know? US applicants who got to the finalist stage but weren't ultimately offered a scholarship got their rejection emails in late January. International applicants were notified of finalist status also in late January. So they're two separate groups at different stages of the application. AFAIK internationals have not yet received any rejection emails from Gates, but will soonish (for those not selected as finalists). Then those who have heard they are finalists will get the final acceptance/rejection in March or April.
  3. I think you've gotten that a bit mixed up. There are generally ~80 scholarships each year, of which ~20 are from the US and the remaining 60 are international. It's not 60 scholarships all up.
  4. I think we will still have some restrictions on gathering numbers, maybe wearing masks on public transport, but I'm pretty optimistic that we'll be back to some form of in-person teaching. They're on track to vaccinate all over-50's (with their first dose) by the end of May, and that covers the vast majority of people who are admitted to hospital with COVID, so I think risk will drop dramatically from there. I think all people at high risk should have both doses by October, plus a fair few of other groups.
  5. Sure, probably. It's actually pretty rare that a supervisor is going to hand you opportunities on a plate. If you want to e.g. go to a conference or set up a collaboration, that's definitively up to you. It's your PhD, it's your thesis, it's your career. The PI is just there to provide you with mentorship, but even then you should be working mostly independently towards the last year. So yes, Gates would more than make up for a supervisor who's busier and doesn't hold your hand because it's more opportunities to do that independent networking than any supervisor could ever offer. But the benef
  6. It depends. The Trust is just a collection of scholarships, and like I said, nearly every single one is separately administered. Some require that you have submitted an external application to a certain non-Cambridge foundation, others will require you to answer their particular prompt in the Trust box in your application, and usually the college scholarships require you to put that college as your first choice to be considered. That's why college choice is important, as some colleges offer more scholarships than others. Just ticking the box for the Trust makes you eligible for some scholarshi
  7. You will get an email from the relevant body offering the scholarship, and then you should have a certain amount of time (it'll vary a lot) to respond to that offer. If you have one full scholarship then you cannot accept another without giving up the first. You can only receive enough money to cover your tuition and standard living costs, and anything above that amount will be distributed to other scholars. Once you are no longer eligible for more scholarships then you might be taken off the list or might not be. Again, these are all independent boards doing the assessment, and it can take so
  8. You should assume that each of the scholarships listed on the Trust website are independent. The Trust collates them but may have no say in their selection, and that's especially true for awards that are explicitly non-centralised, e.g. anything from a college, department, or donation. Those all have their own selection process. There aren't any solid numbers on how many conditional offer holders get awarded funding. We know how many attending students have funding, and it's not all that high (self-funding is much higher than you might expect), as per the Funding website (https://www.post
  9. In previous years the results would come out at slightly different times or different days for the separate panels. They are separate, after all. I don't know if it's the same this year without any interviews, but I imagine they've still done selections using the different areas/panels, so I wouldn't be too worried unless someone in your panel area has heard back already. And even then, the emails are not sent simultaneously. Different people will get it at slightly different times, even within the same panel. Will be on the same day though, unless an offer-holder ahead of you turns down the s
  10. I have TA'd for a class I was concurrently taking, although it wasn't for credit and I was a few years above the rest of the class so there wasn't any interaction between us outside of my TA work. It was really tough. As the TA you don't just have to understand the material as the term goes on, you need to understand it better than the best student in the class and about a week in advance of them because they'll be emailing you and asking for guidance on the assignments. Plus undergrads can make their classes their full-time job, while I had to juggle research and lesson planning alongsid
  11. I've TA'd quite a few undergraduate courses at different levels, and what I've learned so far is: 1. The students who show up to extra sessions or are otherwise really engaged will fall into two groups: those who are dedicated but just aren't prepared for the content, and those who are acing it. The apathetic middle is really hard to engage. 2. It's easier to teach students who are struggling. Maybe this is a personal preference thing, but I'll take a business student struggling in calc over someone precocious any day. And if your students are way above the level expected for an und
  12. It really depends... Remember that astronomy as a whole is the same as "astrophysics", which is just "the physics of things in space". You need a very strong physics background for an Astronomy PhD, and if you don't already have the equivalent of a physics major or close to it, you'll have to spend another couple of years catching up on that. I'm assuming you don't have extensive research experience in astronomy either, so you'd likely have to do a Masters first before applying to PhD programs. Astronomy is a hugely competitive field.
  13. I wrote up a blog post about my experiences a while back, hopefully the link is allowed here (I gain nothing from it, not even ad revenue): https://www.paytonelyce.com/blog/2019/4/17/a-guide-to-graduate-scholarships/#the-interview
  14. If you ticked yes for Gates then your department will consider putting you forwards for Gates, and if they do, then Gates will assess you. If you ticked no for the Trust, then you are effectively no longer in the running for most other scholarships though. Aside from Gates and a few scholarships within your first-choice college, nearly everything is administered by the Trust. The offer and the funding are separate. No one is going to have an unconditional offer before scholarships are awarded because one of your conditions is a financial one, which the scholarship can satisfy. If yo
  15. Decisions are rolling because the Cambridge Trust isn't one unified group - each scholarship decides in its own time, which means the timelines to hear back from other scholarships is meaningless, and it doesn't matter if awardees are being announced for a scholarship you didn't apply for. Most will be released before April is over, but depending on whether people turn them down, offers might reach through June-ish. Also don't really pay attention to the updated list of awarded scholarships on the Trust website. They update that in batches, so it can be lagging by weeks at a time.
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