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.
Gates-Cambridge seeks students who show:
- academic excellence;
- a commitment to improving the lives of others;
- leadership potential, and
- a good fit with Cambridge.
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.