Omar Qaqish, Ph.D. student, McGill University
Class of 2011
The process of applying to the Gates Cambridge Scholarship is in fact a rewarding exercise in and of itself, regardless of the application’s success. For me, the Gates deadline came a few weeks before that of American graduate programs, and getting feedback from Dr. Costello-Sullivan on my research proposal, both its form and its content, was instrumental to restructuring and ameliorating my graduate applications.
"The application process is an occasion to practice applying to fellowships, research grants, and –perhaps most pertinent for college seniors—graduate schools. I gained the chance to closely work with a dedicated faculty member as I practiced writing and submitting a research proposal—something that can’t be learned soon enough. Winning the award is, of course, an exhilarating prospect in itself, but the process is also an academic exercise that contributes to the formation of an invaluable skill."