Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Funds graduate study at Cambridge University.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Important Dates:

Timeline can be found here: (

Requirements: (Guidelines)

-A citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom. -Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge: Ph.D. (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, M.B.A. etc.) -OR already a student at Cambridge and want to apply for a new postgraduate course. For example, if you are studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to do a Ph.D.. However, if you have already started a course, you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the rest of it.

-OR already a Gates Cambridge Scholar and want to apply for a second Scholarship. You must apply by the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates.

Application: Via the Admissions Office 

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are extremely competitive: c. 4,000 applicants apply for 90 Scholarships each year.

Given the intense competition, the Trust has a four stage selection process:

  1. Departmental ranking - the very best applicants to each department are ranked on academic merit only
  2. Shortlisting - Gates Cambridge committees review the applications of ranked candidates using all four Gates Cambridge criteria and put forward a list for interview
  3. Interview - all shortlisted candidates have a short interview to assess how they meet all four Gates Cambridge criteria
  4. Selection - chairs of interview panels meet to decide the final list of Scholars

For more information, please visit the Gates Cambridge website. 

There is no one template for a Gates Cambridge Scholar: each Scholar is different and brings something unique to the program. But The Trust is looking for four key criteria. 1. A good fit with Cambridge 2. Academic excellence 3. Leadership potential 4. A commitment to improving the lives of others
Amount of Award: 
Full educational expenses, living stipend, and airfare