Gates Cambridge Scholarships

United Kingdom
Term: Academic Year

Support for outstanding students committed to improving the lives of others to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the U.K. 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. To date, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship has supported over 1,000 scholars from 90 countries.

A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge, including a maintenance allowance and round-trip airfare to and from the U.K.

Applicants can pursue a full-time residential Ph.D., an M.Sc. or M.Litt. or a one-year postgraduate course. Currently enrolled students at Cambridge can apply for a new postgraduate course. Certain courses are ineligible for scholarship support: B.A. (undergraduate), B.A. affiliated (second or honors B.A.), M.B.B.Chir. Clinical Studies, part-time degrees, non-degree courses, and courses at other universities.

Selection Criteria

Gates-Cambridge seeks students who show:

  • academic excellence;
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others;
  • leadership potential, and
  • reason(s) for choice of course at Cambridge (in order to create and sustain a viable Scholar community in Cambridge University and for Scholars to take full advantage of their time in Cambridge, Gates will aim to select approximately 2/3 PhD scholars each year. Those applying for taught Masters should pay special attention to explaining why this is the optimal course for them and how it is critical to their future academic or professional training plans.)

University nomination

No University nomination is required for this program. The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship application is included as part of your application to your department at Cambridge. Admissions deadlines vary between U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries. Check the Gates-Cambridge website for details. You should also arrange for your letters of recommendation to be submitted by your recommender no later than the deadline corresponding to your citizenship.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Postgraduate Degree-Seeking
United Kingdom
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Deadline for US citizens living in the USA only. All other eligible applicants deadline is dependent on your course of study - either early December 2021 or January 2022. Check your program for further details.